Thursday, March 18, 2010

Second gay bishop for Episcopalians; transgender litigation in suburban Maryland


Laurie Goodstein of the New York Times reports that Episcopalians have approved a second gay bishop, this time a lesbian, Rev. Mary D. Glasspool. The story is here. The first gay bishop had been V. Gene Robinson in 2003, a subject of great controversy at an Episcopalian convention in Minneapolis in 2003.

The Archbishop of Canterburg, Rowan Williams, worte “raises very serious questions not just for the Episcopal Church and its place in the Anglican Communion, but for the Communion as a whole.” Britain has not dealt with open homosexuality in its monarchy or the Church of England in modern times; but it is only a matter of time that this comes up in most modern democratic nations, including constitutional monarchies.

Also, today (March 18), the Washington Examiner (p 5) reports that Dana Beyer, a transgendered aide to a Montgomery County MD councilwoman Duchy Trachtenberg (D), is suing the county for supposedly breaking an anti-discrimination law by “investigation of Beyer’s opposition to a citizen’s group that had tried to overturn the same law.”

The story by Suderman is here. The story attracted a front page banner this morning.

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