Tuesday, August 05, 2003

vote on "gay bishop" delayed

Accusations surfaced alleging that bishop-elect Gene Robinson touched another man inappropiately and posted a link to a hard-core porn site on a youth website.

The allegations about inappropriate touching came in an e-mail where a man named David Lewis details an encounter he claims he had with Rev. Robinson two years ago.

The accusation about the link on the website appears weak. It seems that Rev. Robinson hasn't been connected with that youth website for years and the link in quesiton appeared six months ago.

Yesterday, the House of Deputies (the legislative body comprising clergy and lay people from dioceses nationwide) approved Robinson by a 2 to 1 margin and a committee endorsed him by secret ballot on Friday.

The last step would have been a vote by the General Convention and that was delayed when the accusations surfaced.