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V. Gene Robinson,

Episcopalian minister, was approved as the church's first openly gay bishop in August. Diocesan bishops voted 62–45 in favor of his confirmation following an eleventh-hour accusation of sexual misconduct that delayed the vote. An investigation quickly exonerated Robinson. Conservative Anglican church leaders denounced the decision, saying it could split the denomination.

Tom Ridge,2003 People in the NewsEd Rosenthal,