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Church Confirms First Openly Lesbian Bishop Mary Glasspool

Church Confirms First Openly Lesbian Bishop Mary Glasspool

The Episcopal Church confirmed its first openly lesbian bishop, Mary Douglas Glasspool, Wednesday. "I am profoundly grateful for the many people ... who have given their prayers, love, and support during this time of discernment," Glasspool said. In December Glasspool, 56, was elected bishop of the Episcopal Church's Los Angeles diocese. Before taking office, she needed to win the consent of a majority of the church's standing committees and diocesan bishops.

The Episcopal Church confirmed its first openly lesbian bishop, Mary Douglas Glasspool, Wednesday, according to CNN.

"I am profoundly grateful for the many people ... who have given their prayers, love, and support during this time of discernment," Bishop-elect Glasspool said.

"I am also aware that not everyone rejoices in this election and consent," she continued, "and will work, pray, and continue to extend my own hands and heart to bridge those gaps, and strengthen the bonds of affection among all people, in the Name of Jesus Christ."

In December Glasspool, 56, was elected bishop of the Episcopal Church's Los Angeles diocese. Before taking office, she needed to win the consent of a majority of the church's standing committees and diocesan bishops.

The Episcopal diocese of Los Angeles released an informal tally Wednesday showing that Glasspool had received consents from 63 of the Episcopal Church's 110 standing committees, seven more than necessary.

The daughter of an Episcopal priest, Glasspool was ordained in 1982.

Her ordination and consecration as bishop is slated for May 15.

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