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 2012. Robinson would not disclose details about the end of their 25-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.”
“It is at least a small comfort to me, as a gay rights and marriage equality advocate, to know that like any marriage, gay and lesbian couples are subject to the same complications and hardships that afflict marriages between heterosexual couples,” Robinson wrote. “All of us sincerely intend, when we take our wedding vows, to live up to the ideal of ’til death do us part. But not all of us are able to see this through until death indeed parts us.”
ABC news says Robinson declined to comment further Sunday to The Associated Press.
Robinson has never been fully accepted within the more than 70 million-member Anglican Communion, which is rooted in the Church of England represented in the United States by the Episcopal Church.
Bishop Robinson, 66, had been married to a woman and had two children before he and his wife divorced. He and Andrew had been partners for more than a decade when Robinson was elected to lead the New Hampshire Diocese. The two men were joined in a 2008 civil union in New Hampshire, which became a legal marriage when the state recognized gay marriage two years later.
“My belief in marriage is undiminished by the reality of divorcing someone I have loved for a very long time, and will continue to love even as we separate,” Robinson wrote. “Love can endure, even if a marriage cannot.”
It should be noted earlier this week Dr. Barry Morgan, the Anglican Archbishop of Wales said of the church’s views on homosexuality , “views have evolved and changed” on the nature of marriage “a subject which Jesus pronounced very clearly, therefore, it can also change its teaching on homosexuality ”
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