May 16, 2010 in Nation/World

Episcopal Church ordains second openly gay bishop

Associated Press
 
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The Rev. Canon Diane M. Jardine Bruce, left, and the Rev. Canon Mary Glasspool share a hug after their consecration Saturday.
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LONG BEACH, Calif. – Seven years after the Episcopal Church caused an uproar by consecrating its first openly gay bishop, it has done the same thing again – only this time with a woman.

The Rev. Canon Mary Glasspool, of Baltimore, was ordained and consecrated on Saturday, making her the second openly gay bishop in church history and one of the first two female bishops in the Diocese of Los Angeles’ 114-year history.

She was installed at Long Beach Arena before 3,000 people, who burst into applause at the end.

The Rev. Canon Diane M. Jardine Bruce, of San Clemente, Calif., was also ordained Saturday.

The two women were elected last December to serve as assistant bishops.

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