Gene Robinson, the controversial Episcopalian bishop-elect,
told delegates to a church convention today that his relationship with another man is “sacramental,” just like marriage. <...>
Supporters, including Robinson’s ex-wife and daughter, praised him as a man of honesty and said his June 7 election by Episcopalians in New Hampshire had sent a message of inclusiveness that ultimately would strengthen the church, just as the election of the first woman bishop did in 1989.
It is also very likely to split the church. While Episcopalianism is about as non-doctrinal a religion as one can find, it still claims to be based on biblical teachings and apostolic succession. These things are rather difficult to square with Robinson’s lifestyle.