10:57 PM CST on Friday, November 14, 2008
None other than Bishop Gene Robinson of the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire, who is openly gay and thus a figure of controversy in the Episcopal Church and the worldwide Anglican Communion.
He'll be honored at Dallas' Black Tie Dinner on Nov. 22 – a week after today's vote by the Fort Worth Diocese on whether to leave the Episcopal Church. One reason Bishop Jack Iker of Fort Worth has argued for leaving is the Episcopal Church's acceptance of Bishop Robinson.
Bishop Robinson said by phone that he's used to controversy and looks forward to speaking to and for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Dallas.
"What I'm trying to do is to bring a religious voice to the debates that we have," he said. "It's my contention that LGBT people are worthy and acceptable and equal, not just because we say so, but because God says so."
Full article: Gay bishop with Episcopal Church to be honored at Dallas' Black Tie Dinner next weekend