Gay retired Episcopal bishop’s ‘gay marriage’ ending in ‘gay divorce’

04 May

His second divorce, in fact, since his first one was from the woman with whom he fathered two children.

Gene Robinson, the first openly gay bishop in the US Episcopal Church, has announced he is divorcing his partner of 25 years.

Writing on the Daily Beast website, Bishop Robinson said he was “forever grateful” to Mark Andrew and that details of their split were private.

The pair were married in a civil ceremony in 2003.


In his letter, Bishop Robinson, who retired in 2012, said it was “a small comfort” to know that gay and lesbian couples “are subject to the same complications and hardships that afflict marriages between heterosexual couples”.

“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,” he said. “Love can endure, even if a marriage cannot.”

Bishop Robinson, 66, had previously been married to a woman with whom he had two children. They divorced amicably in 1985 over his sexuality.

His ‘belief in marriage’ is ‘undiminished’? Funny; I daresay he never really ever did believe much in marriage, since all he’s ever done is make a continual mockery of it, by his actions and lifestyle.


5 responses to “Gay retired Episcopal bishop’s ‘gay marriage’ ending in ‘gay divorce’

  1. pukeko60

    May 5, 2014 at 3:02 am

    Well. Gene, welcome to the suck. Divorce has changed since you broke your vows and betrayed your wife and God. Now the cash and prizes your wife gets will include half your pension.

    God hates divorce. So do I: and I have one.

    Excuse my schadenfreude.

  2. Will S.

    May 5, 2014 at 3:13 am

    I think schadenfreude is entirely justified in this case. 🙂

  3. deti

    May 5, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    It’s not really on topic, but — it doesn’t seem to me that homosexual partnerships are any more stable or lasting than conventional heterosexual marriages. Novaseeker made the point elsewhere that gay male partnerships, from a sexual standpoint, tend to look like the promiscuous male side of the equation. I of course don’t have stats for this, but it stands to reason that gay men are quite promiscuous and that that continues in “marriage” or monogamous gay partnerships. Sexually, gay male partnerships are centered on sex. It stands to reason that the promiscuity and other problems that can accompany it (drug abuse, alcoholism, etc.) can lead to unstable relationships.

    The opposite problem seems to plague lesbian relationships, which are focused on the relationship itself and not on the sex. Hence the “lesbian bed death” which is talked about a lot. It would seem that can lead to relationship instability particularly if one of the lesbian partners is unhappy about the lack of sex.

  4. Will S.

    May 5, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    Agreed, deti. What is generally observed, is generally what one would tend to expect, intuitively, with that community.


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