Gene Robinson is the Ninth Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire, and the first openly homosexual, non-celibate priest to be elected to this office. Robinson is the father of two grown daughters, and who divorced his wife due to his choice of a homosexual relationship. Prior to his ordination Robinson had lived openly with another man for 13 years. On June 7 2003, the New Hampshire diocese of the Episcopal Church elected Robinson as its Bishop. The national church approved this, with 62 of 107 bishops convening at the General Convention in Minneapolis, Minn. on Aug. 5, voting to support the canon.

In 1988 Robinson had met his current partner, Mark Andrews, and their house was blessed by Bishop Douglas Theuner. In 2008 they were legally married under the laws of the State of New Hampshire, which had legalized same-sex marriage, with Robinson claiming to be a June bride. Robinson later revealed that he struggled with alcoholism for years. [1][2][3][4]

Robinson's superior, Bishop Theuner, suspended a priest, Don Wilson, because he opposed Robinson’s election as the diocese’s new bishop.[5]

In January 2009, Robinson led prayers at the opening of celebrations leading up to the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama by the latter's invitation.[6]

In April, 2005, Robinson encouraged Planned Parenthood to target "people of faith" in its promotion abortion rights and comprehensive sex education. He also attacked traditional interpretations of the Bible, and exhorted, "The story of freedom in Exodus is our story. ... That's my story, and they can't have it."[7] (See homosexuality and the biblical interpretation)


  1. Robinson's speech: Divisive, as expected
  3. Gay Episcopal Bishop Prepares for June Wedding, U/Miami News Service, December 4, 2007
  6. Diocese of New Hampshire -- The Episcopal Church
  7. Gay bishop backs Planned Parenthood, The Washington Times, April 15, 2005
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