May 12, 2006
Volume 34
Issue 19
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California's Gay loss is Seattle's gain
California's Gay loss is Seattle's gain
Seattle Episcopalians are overjoyed that the Very Rev. Robert Taylor was passed over on the weekend for the job of Bishop of California.

Taylor was one of three openly gay candidates for bishop Saturday who lost in Saturday's election in San Francisco to the Rt. Rev. Mark Handley Andrus of Birmingham, Alabama.

The vote meant that Taylor will remain where he is, dean of Seattle's Cathedral.

Sunday when he stepped to the pulpit for the morning service he was greeted with a standing ovation and tumultuous applause.

He motioned for the congregation to sit, but the clapping continued for several minutes.

At the end of the mass, as he stood at the door of the cathedral many parishioners gave Taylor hugs.

Born in South Africa, and a protégé of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Taylor, 48, has been at St. Mark's since 1999.

He shares his life with partner Jerry Smith.

The worldwide Anglican Church has been in turmoil since the election of Gene Robinson as bishop of New Hampshire in 2003. Robinson was, and remains, the first openly gay man made a bishop in the denomination.

The possibility of a second openly gay bishop in California intensified fears of a schism in the denomination. But even the election in California of Andrus has done little to quiet conservatives in the faith.

An organization of Episcopal conservatives, even though he is not gay, believes Andrus is a gay supporter and must atone for that.

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