Three priests in same-sex relationships nominated as Episcopal Church bishops

A challenge to unity in the Anglican Communion
Two Episcopal dioceses have nominated gay and lesbian priests in same-sex relationships to become bishops, testing a weeks-old policy and the Episcopal Church’s place within the global Anglican Communion.

The Diocese of Minnesota nominated three candidates for bishop on August 1, including Bonnie Perry, a Chicago priest who has been in a same-sex relationship with another Episcopal priest for more than 20 years. If Perry is elected October 31 at the Minnesota diocesan convention, she will become the second openly gay, partnered bishop in the Episcopal Church.

The Diocese of Los Angeles on August 2 nominated six people to be suffragan—or assisting—bishops, including two openly gay priests: Mary Douglas Glasspool of Baltimore and John Kirkley of San Francisco. Two bishops will be elected in December from among the half-dozen nominees.


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