Otis Charles, an Episcopal bishop who came out as gay at age 67 in San Francisco after retiring as bishop of Utah, has been prohibited from adminstering sacraments by San Francisco–based Bishop William E. Swing. The action was taken after Charles went against Swing’s decision and “married” a male partner of two years on April 24. Swing said his Diocese of (northern) California is open to gays, and he had “taken heat when [Charles] came out of the closet in our diocese.” Also, Swing said that he and his wife, Mary, “were very fond of [Charles’s] ex-wife Elvira,” and the Swings later had Otis and his partner, Felipe, as guests “in our home and I wish them well.” Although Charles had claimed he and his partner were wed in a church “according to [Swing’s] protocols,” Swing disagreed in a public statement in early May.


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