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Gay Married Priest Could Be Utah's Next Episcopal Bishop

"Utah could become only the third Episcopal diocese with an openly gay bishop," reports the Salt Lake Tribune. "The Rev. Michael L. Barlowe -- who married his partner, the Rev. Paul Burrows, in San Francisco in 2008, just before the fractious Proposition 8 vote banning gay marriage -- is one of four finalists to replace retiring Bishop Carolyn Tanner Irish. Barlowe's sexuality may not matter to the 6,000 members of Utah's Episcopal Church, which is on record supporting the ordination of gay and lesbian priests in committed relationships, Tanner said. At the denomination's triennial meeting in Los Angeles last summer, the diocese sided with the majority in making the office of bishop open to all ordained persons, regardless of gender, race or sexual orientation. READ MORE

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