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The Episcopal Church has made tremendous strides towards inclusiveness but still has some way to go. It is the Anglican Province that has worked to achieve real change for LGBT people in the Church. Bishop Gene Robinson of New Hampshire was the first openly partnered gay man to be elected a bishop in 2003. Bishop Mary Glasspool was the first openly partnered lesbian to be elected a bishop in December 2009. Integrity, the leading grassroots voice has been working for the full inclusion of LGBT persons in the Episcopal Church since being founded by Dr Louie Crew in 1974.

The Episcopal Church’s commitment to the gospel of full inclusion has resulted in some conservative bishops, dioceses and parishes affiliating themselves with Provinces in South America and Africa.

The states of Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont, New Hampshire and the District of Columbia authorise same-sex marriages and the states of New York, Rhode Island and New Mexico recognise marriages performed elsewhere.


The Diocese of New Westminster in the Anglican Church of Canada asked the bishop to allow clergy to bless long-term covenanted relationships in June 2002 and a rite of blessing was issued in May 2003.

Integrity Canada is the national network of organizations and friends working toward the full inclusion of gay and lesbian people in the life of the Anglican Church of Canada. Canada’s first Integrity chapter was organized in 1975, and local chapters are active in several cities across the country Canada legalised same-sex marriages in 2005.

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