Episcopal bishop V. Gene Robinson and his longtime male partner, Mark Andrew, were joined in a civil union June 7 in New Hampshire. The civil ceremony was held in the narthex of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Concord, said Mike Barwell, a spokesperson for Robinson. A religious thanksgiving service at the church followed five years to the day after Robinson was elected inside St. Paul’s as the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church or the wider Anglican Communion. Civil unions have been legal in New Hampshire since January 1.


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