Gay Episcopal Bish Weds Partner
Civil union in church with 20-year partner
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 9, 2008 6:30 AM CDT
New Hampshire gay Episcopal Bishop, Gene Robinson.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – New Hampshire's openly gay Episcopal bishop has tied the knot with his longtime partner in a civil union. Undercover police were among the 120 guests at the private ceremony in case of trouble, reports the Concord Monitor. The civil ceremony by a justice uniting Bishop Gene Robinson and his partner of 20 years in St. Paul's Church in Concord was followed by a religious service of thanksgiving.

The ceremony marked the fifth anniversary of Robinson's appointment as the first openly gay bishop in the Anglican Church. It also comes just a month before the worldwide Anglican church conference in England, from which Robinson has been barred. He still plans to attend and host his own events.