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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.

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