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Clergy for Equality in Marriage and United
Church of Christ minister, said the coalition's aim
is to present the other side from a religious stand-
"Popular perception often suggests the only
religious position on marriage equality is
against," he said. "We gather to dispel that
notion. We believe in love and in marriage equal-
ity and we do so because of our faith, not in spite
Coloradans for Fairness and Equality also
oppose the marriage amendment.
Bill easing ban on gay adoption
stalls in Florida Senate
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A lawmaker hoping
to ease Florida's ban on gay adoption delayed a
vote on the bill hours before its introduction
Wednesday when it was clear that the legislation
would not get past a first committee meeting.
Senator Nan Rich, a Democrat, postponed a
vote on SB 172, her proposal to allow gay foster
parents to adopt children already in their care if a
judge decides they are the best available caretak-
Rich's move left the bill weakened, but also
left the door open for a future vote should she
gain enough support in the Children and Families
"I was hoping that after the testimony and
hearing those poignant life experiences, people's
minds would be changed, and I'd have the votes.
It pains me, I didn't have the votes," Rich said.
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Robinson's home church, St. Paul's in Concord,
said he had not seen any signs, even in retrospect,
that Robinson had a problem with alcohol.
Robinson was Bishop Douglas Theuner's top
assistant for years and was elected to replace the
retiring Theuner in 2003 by clergy and lay people
in the diocese. He was confirmed by the national
church, causing an upheaval not only in the
Episcopal Church, but the worldwide Anglican
Communion of which it is part. U.S. conserva-
tives formed a national network to rally dis-
senters and many Anglican churches overseas
broke normal ties with the American denomina-
"Why now? Why didn't we know this (then)?
What happened to the discernment process?"
said David Virtue, who fervently opposed
Robinson's election. Virtue runs an online news
service he describes as a global voice for ortho-
Jones, who co-chaired the search committee
for bishop in 2003, said thorough background
checks were performed on all the candidates for
bishop, including criminal checks and interviews
with former employers and others. Finalists were
asked if there was anything in their past that
would embarrass them or the diocese if it came to
light. Jones said Robinson did not say he was an
"For all I know, at that point, he didn't have a
problem," Jones said.
Virtue didn't buy it. "Everything about this
man that we learn shows him to be fraudulent,"
Not all critics reacted the same way. "I'm glad
he's getting help. None of us are perfect," said
Lisa Ball, who opposed Robinson's selection and
was part of a group in Rochester that broke away
from the diocese and started a new church.
Rich said Robinson told him his treatment, at
an undisclosed location, is going well. "This is
hard, hard work but he's in good spirits," Rich
Robinson's health insurance through the dio-
cese covers treatment for alcoholism, Rich said,
though he did not know the details.
Robinson indicated he plans to return to work
"I eagerly look forward to continuing my
recovery in your midst," he wrote. "Once again,
God is proving his desire and ability to bring an
Easter out of Good Friday.?'
Rich said Robinson knew his decision to seek
treatment would draw public attention and "was
the first person to say 'I want it to be totally pub-
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The City of New York currently provides the
same benefits to the domestic partners of its
employees as it does to employees' spouses. The
mayor's office said Bloomberg "has also taken
significant steps to provide equal access to bene-
fits for same and opposite-sex domestic partners
and spouses of private sector employees."
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Vercher, Dennis. Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 22, No. 40, Ed. 1 Friday, February 17, 2006, newspaper, February 17, 2006; Dallas, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth238896/m1/29/: accessed September 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Special Collections.