It’s been nine years since the Episcopal Church elected their first openly gay bishop—a move that caused a rift in the Anglican community. Now, New Hampshire may elect another openly gay man as their leader. According to Boston.com:
The Rev. William W. Rich, a senior associate rector at Trinity Church in Boston and a married gay man, is one of three priests nominated by a Diocese of New Hampshire search committee to succeed Bishop V. Gene Robinson, who is retiring.
About 200 clergy and elected lay delegates will vote by secret ballot in Concord on May 19. The Rev. Adrian Robbins-Cole, president of the Standing Committee, a diocesan advisory board, declined to handicap the vote but speculated most delegates will see the nominees’ sexuality as irrelevant.
“I think electors in New Hampshire are interested in getting the best bishop for New Hampshire,’’ he said. “People are very parochial in the end.’’
To read more about the Episcopal church’s first openly gay bishop, Bishop V. Gene Robinson, click here to read Passport’s profile.