Openly gay Bishop Gene Robinson: "I am seeking to be open and honest" amidst divorce

In an article for the Daily Beast, "A Bishop's Decision to Divorce," Bishop Robinson pens a moving and sincere reflection as he transitions out of his more-than-25-year relationship. He wrote:

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. 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.

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. Love can endure, even if a marriage cannot. It will take a lot of work, a lot of grieving, and a large measure of hope to see it through. And that’s where my faith comes in.

We have just concluded the dramatic remembrance of the events of Holy Week, Good Friday and Easter. The reason this annual remembrance of “The Passion” resonates so profoundly with me is that it is a reenactment of the grand scenario of life: bad things happen, people suffer, some friends fall away and some stay close, no one knows what comes next after what seems like death, and then God acts in a way that brings new life, new possibility and yes, resurrection.

The thing that astounds me about Jesus, as told in this Passion story, is that he keeps putting one foot in front of the other, praying that it’s in the right direction, but not knowing for sure. In the face of his enemies, he prays that God might forgive them. In the midst of his own pain, he cares for his mother Mary and the “beloved disciple” John, commending them to each other’s care. And then, even though God seems remarkably absent at the time of his death, Jesus nevertheless offers his soul back to God as a gift. To the very end, he would remain an active participant in his own destiny.

Bishop Robinson was elected to his position in 2003, from which he retired in 2010. A dedicated LGBT advocate, he was the subject of the 2012 documentary "Love Free or Die" and was honored with the Stephen F. Kolzak Award at the 20th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in 2009. Earlier this year, he gave an impromptu blessing at the White House Easter Prayer Breakfast at President Obama's request.

You can read the Daily Beast's full post here.

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