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Seattle priest could become
2nd gay Episcopal bishop
Taylor, dean of St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral, known for work on
social justice issues, community outreach, interfaith efforts
SEATTLE — The dean of St. Mark's
Episcopal Cathedral is among five finalists for
the position of bishop of the Diocese of
If elected, the Very Rev. Robert Taylor would
become the second openly gay bishop in the
Episcopal Church and the worldwide Anglican
The denomination has been divided on the
issue of homosexuality, especially since the 2003
election of the church's first openly gay bishop,
V. Gene Robinson, in New Hampshire.
"I feel just honored and humbled by the trust
and faith of the diocese in including me on their
list of nominees," said Taylor.
He added that he hopes the church would
focus on issues other than gay clergy, such as
poverty, health care and ministering to the larger
Taylor is known for his work on social justice,
community outreach and interfaith efforts. He
helped fight against apartheid in his native South
Africa, which he left in 1980 with help from
;Sobel laureate and Anglican Archbishop
Taylor, 47, has led St. Mark's Cathedral on
Capitol Hill since 1999. During his tenure, mem-
bership has risen from 1,900 to 2,400.
He's served as chairman of King County's
Committee to End Homelessness and is founding
president of the Desmond Tutu Peace
Foundation, which raises money for Tutu's peace
center in Cape Town, South Africa.
Taylor previously served as rector at St. Peter
Church in Peekskill, NY., where the congrega-
tion grew from about 50 to 550 during his 11
The finalists to succeed the California
Diocese's Bishop William Swing were
announced Monday at Grace Cathedral in San
Francisco, where the California Diocese is based.
The Very Rev. Robert Taylor says he hopes the Episcopal
Church will focus on issues other than gay marriage.
In addition to Taylor, candidates include the
Rt. Rev. Mark HandleyAndrus, an assistant bish-
op of the Diocese of Alabama; the Rev. Jane
Gould, rector of St. Stephen's Church in Lynn,
Mass,;, the Rev. Bonnie Perry, rector of All
Saints' Church in Chicago; and the Rev. Canon
Eugene Taylor Sutton, canon pastor at
Washington National Cathedral in the nation's
Perry is also openly gay.
Finalists will meet with members of the dio-
cese April 24-29. The election is scheduled on
May 6. The bishop-elect is to be confirmed at the
denomination's national gathering in June.
The Diocese of California has about 27,000
members in the Bay Area.
Judge refuses review for man
convicted of killing Shephard
■CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A federal judge has
refused to grant a review of the case of Russell
Henderson, one of two men convicted in the
1998 murder of gay University of Wyoming stu-
dent Matthew Shepard.
U.S. District Judge Clarence Brimmer last
week rejected Henderson's motion for a writ of
habeas corpus. Henderson's attorney, Tim
Newcomb, argued that Henderson was never
told of his right to appeal, thus effectively deny-
ing Henderson his right to appellate counsel.
A state district court and the Wyoming
Supreme Court previously rejected Henderson's
In April 1999, Henderson pleaded guilty to his
role in the robbery and murder of Shepard. He
was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences,
agreed not to seek the
death penalty be-
cause of the plea
beat Shepard and tied
him to a fence out-
side Laramie in
Shepard was alive
when he was found 16 hours after the beating,
but died later from his injuries. The murder ignit-
ed a nationwide debate over whether more laws
were needed to discourage hate crimes.
McKinney is also serving two life terms.
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Vercher, Dennis. Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 22, No. 41, Ed. 1 Friday, February 24, 2006, newspaper, February 24, 2006; Dallas, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth238897/m1/22/: accessed August 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Special Collections.