A Church Divided

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Some Mississippi Episcopalians are expressing support for their denominations first openly gay bishop, while others are not.

On Tuesday, the denomination's House of Bishops approved the election of the Rev. V. Gene Robinson as bishop of New Hampshire by a 62 to 43 vote.

Mississippi Episcopal Bishop Duncan M. Gray III was among those voting against Robinson's approval at the General Convention in Minneapolis.

Although Gray said he deeply respects the gifts and works of Robinson, he said he felt the call to vote no.

Gray said he will meet with Mississippi Episcopalians over the next
few weeks to discuss Robinson's election.

Anglicans in many parts of the world reacted angrily to the vote, with some threatening to cut ties with the U.S. church.

The Rev. Brian Seage of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Diamondhead,
Miss., says he will talk Sunday about working together despite disagreements.

Episcopalian Maria Watson of Gulfport said the decision to approve Robinson befits the forward thinking nature of the denomination.


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