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The Episcopal Church (also officially known as the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America) is a mainline Anglican Christian denomination found mainly in the United States. The Church supports full civil equality for gays and lesbians, and the Church’s General Convention has passed resolutions that allow for same-sex marriages in states in which it is legal. [ Wikipedia → ]

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Ex-Massachusetts Episcopalian Bishop Thomas Shaw dies

Saturday, October 18, 2014
Bishop Thomas Shaw
BOSTON -- Thomas Shaw, a gay monk who served as bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts for nearly two decades and championed Palestinian, minority and other causes, has died. He was 69. [...]

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Pittsburgh Episcopal Diocese approves same-sex marriages

Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Bishop Dorsey McConnell
PITTSBURGH — The Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh says its clergy may sign marriage certificates between same-sex couples. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports Monday that the rule is spelled out in a recent letter from Bishop Dorsey McConnell. McConnell has expressed reservations about the theology behind the church’s marriage rite... [...]

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First openly gay Episcopal bishop to divorce husband

Sunday, May 4, 2014
Bishop Gene Robinson
NEW YORK -- The first openly gay Episcopal bishop, who became a symbol for gay rights far beyond the church while deeply dividing the world's Anglicans, plans to divorce his husband. [...]

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Pittsburgh Episcopal bishop approves same-sex blessings

Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Bishop Dorsey McConnell
PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh's Episcopal bishop has decided to let local priests decide whether they will conduct blessing ceremonies for same-sex couples. [...]

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Gay Anglican bishop says God leading change to understand homosexuality

Monday, October 28, 2013
Bishop Gene Robinson
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The first openly gay bishop of the Episcopal Church told a Purdue University audience he believes God is leading people to a deeper understanding of homosexuality. [...]

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Episcopal priest to replace anti-gay pastor for inaugural benediction

Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Rev. Luis Leon
The pastor of the Episcopal parish known as "the church of the presidents" will give the benediction at President Barack Obama's inauguration. [...]

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Washington National Cathedral to allow same-sex wedding ceremonies

Wednesday, January 9, 2013
The Washington National Cathedral, one of the nation's most prominent churches, will be among the first Episcopal congregations to allow marriage ceremonies for LGBT members, the church has announced. [...]

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The Year in Review: Five LGBT religious advances in 2012

Sunday, December 30, 2012
There was a time, not so long ago, when religion was a unified front against LGBT equality. However, over the years, we have seen that paradigm change, and 2012 witnessed religious people and organizations at the forefront of LGBT advancement ... By the end of the year, we saw several [...]

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Episcopal Church approves new rites for same-sex unions, transgender-inclusive policies

Wednesday, July 11, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The Episcopal Church has approved a measure to allow the blessing of same-sex unions, as well as two proposals adding gender identity and expression to the Church's nondiscrimination canons for ordained ministry, and a resolution supporting legislation for equal immigration rights for same-sex couples. [...]

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Episcopal Bishop, LGBT rights supporter Walter Righter dies

Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Walter Righter
Walter Righter, a bishop in the Episcopal Church and a staunch LGBT supporter among faith leaders, died Sunday at his home outside Pittsburgh. He was 87 years old. [...]

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