While most Christian churches ban the ordination of sexually active LGB clergy because they view homosexuality as incompatible with biblical doctrine and do not allow those identifying as transgender to be ordained for the same reason,  a growing number of churches are allowing openly LGBT clergy to serve. In , the United Church of Christ became the first mainline Protestant denomination in the United States to ordain an openly gay clergy person. The Episcopal Church in the United States and the Christian Church Disciples of Christ have also allowed ordination of openly gay and lesbian candidates for ministry for some years. The issue of ordination has caused particular controversy in the worldwide Anglican communion, following the election of the Bishop of New Hampshire Gene Robinson in the US Episcopal Church. In the Episcopal Church of the United States approved a change to their nondiscrimination canons to include gender identity and expression. In July the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada decided to accept gay, lesbian, and bisexual clergy in sexually active monogamous relationships.
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Gay Episcopal bishop says he isn't being 'run off' - Los Angeles Times
James L. Jelinek of the Diocese of Minnesota received two openly gay men of two different anti-gay traditions. The Eucharistic Liturgy of transfer took place at St. Jeffrey S. Nelson a former Minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America are two openly gay men who have received the blessing of the Episcopal Bishop of Minnesota to exercise the ministry of ordained Priesthood. They have been empowered to proclaim the Gospel and celebrate the Sacraments in the Episcopal Church.
Gay Episcopal bishop says he isn’t being ‘run off’
NEW YORK — The first openly gay Episcopal bishop, who became a symbol for gay rights far beyond the church while deeply dividing the world's Anglicans, plans to divorce his husband. Bishop Gene Robinson announced the end of his marriage to Mark Andrew in an email sent to the Diocese of New Hampshire, where he served for nine years before retiring in Robinson would not disclose details about the end of their year relationship but wrote Sunday in The Daily Beast he owed a debt to Andrew "for standing by me through the challenges of the last decade. Robinson did not respond Sunday to email and phone requests for comment from The Associated Press.
By Reuters Staff. Episcopal Church gave its clergy the go-ahead on Friday to bless some same-sex unions, such as civil partnerships in states that legally recognize them, setting the stage for further conflict with the wider Anglican world. The same-sex rites called for on Friday will be discussed and voted on at the next general church conference in three years. The 2 million-member Episcopal Church earlier this week approved a resolution opening the doors to ordain gay men and women as clergy. Both resolutions are sure to further strain U.