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(St. George-AP) -- Episcopalians should embrace the election of a gay bishop to head the national church and its decision to bless same-sex unions. That's what the bishop of the Utah diocese told delegates at the annual state convention this weekend.
The Reverend Carolyn Tanner Irish said these developments were an issue of justice for Christians.
She asked delegates at the weekend convention to contribute more money to the national budget of the Episcopal Church U-S-A.
Tanner said the election and confirmation of the church's first openly gay bishop-elect to head the national church has angered about a tenth of its dioceses.
The Reverend V. Gene Robinson's appointment in New Hampshire outraged some conservatives. They have threatened to divide the Episcopal Church in the United States from the worldwide Anglican Communion if Robinson is consecrated as a bishop November second.
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