COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Episcopal General Convention approached another defining vote a day after electing its first female presiding bishop: whether the church should temporarily bar gays from becoming bishops to preserve Anglican fellowship. Delegates have been considering a moratorium at the request of world Anglican leaders, who remain angry over the consecration of the first openly gay Episcopal bishop — V. Gene Robinson of New Hampshire. The matter was headed to a scheduled floor debate and possible vote Monday afternoon. The denomination is the U. If overseas leaders dislike the outcome of this week's meeting, the association of 38 national churches could splinter apart.
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Last-minute charges of sexual misconduct Monday delayed a final vote by Episcopalian leaders on confirming the church's first openly gay bishop. As CBS News Correspondent Jim Axelrod reports, what seemed like a foregone conclusion at lunchtime, had turned to chaos by mid-afternoon. A church official said that there were allegations that the Rev. Gene Robinson had inappropriately touched a man and that he had posted a pornography link on a youth Web site. Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold, head of the 2. Griswold said that Robinson, the current New Hampshire bishop and representatives of his diocese decided together "that a thorough investigation be undertaken before we proceed. Supporters of Robinson called the last-minute accusations "preposterous" and "character assassination.
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But it's also having an emotional impact at the local level. Some Episcopalians are celebrating what they see as the church's courage, openness, and diversity. Other Episcopalians are lamenting what they believe is a radical departure from Christian teaching. Often, both views are in the same congregation.
Two volatile issues confront the church's national General Convention, which convened here Wednesday: whether to consent to the election of an openly gay priest, the Rev. Canon V. Gene Robinson , as the next bishop of the Diocese of New Hampshire and whether to authorize the drafting of rituals for a marriage-like blessing of same-sex partners.