BY Advocate Contributors
November 16 2010 11:00 PM ET
First Lesbian Episcopal Bishop Consecrated
Mary Glasspool never wanted to be a lightning rod when she was tapped to become the first openly lesbian Episcopal bishop. And yet by the time she was consecrated in May in Long Beach, Calif., conservative factions of her church—as well as the archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams—had already cast her in that light. Her new position, Williams contended, would only serve to further erode ties between the Episcopal Church and the larger Anglican Communion. Considering the warm welcome she met in the Los Angeles diocese, Glasspool may ultimately prove her naysayers wrong. And she’s provided company to Bishop V. Gene Robinson, who ascended to church leadership in 2003 under similarly controversial terms. “Having Mary’s support is something I’ve longed for,” he told The Advocate earlier this year. “It’s been a bit lonely these past seven years.”
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