The American Anglican Church has voted to allow the appointment of a gay bishop. Reverend Canon Gene Robinson (New Hampshire) is openly gay and was elected bishop by a vast majority of the House of Deputies.
Another vote will be run today in the House of Bishops, but it looks very likely that Robinson will be favoured there, also. Mr Robinson said of the vote yesterday that he hoped it would promote growth in the church, rather than cause a row.
However, his wishes seem to have gone unnoticed, with a party of bishops threatening to walk out, should the final vote go in favour of Robinson today. "We will not accept a change in doctrine." Said South Carolina Bishop, Edward Salmon.