The two have reportedly been a couple for 25 years and, in a letter he sent to his former diocese in New Hampshire, Robinson did not expound on the nature of their impending separation.
He elaborated somewhat in an article published by The Daily Beast Sunday.
“It is at least a small comfort to me, as a gay rights and marriage equality advocate, to know that like any marriage, gay and lesbian couples are subject to the same complications and hardships that afflict marriages between heterosexual couples,” he wrote.
The alcoholic priest has been widely criticized by Christians who subscribe to the Holy Bible’s view of homosexuality. As a result, the Episcopal Church experienced a split between parishes that chose to follow God’s example and those that embraced the moral relativism of modern culture.
Among gay rights activists, however, Robinson was generally seen as a beacon of hope. The father of two was formerly married to a woman, though the divorcee had been in a same-sex relationship for a decade prior to being named bishop of the New Hampshire Diocese.
When gay ‘marriage’ was legalized in the state, the two men were wed.
Rev. Susan Russell, who conducted the ceremony, expressed her disappointment in the dissolution of yet another Robinson union. She concluded that he nonetheless remains an “icon of a faithful Christian man living out his vocation, not by his choice, but by his placement in history.”
She celebrated the fact that, in today’s society, the bar is set incredibly low for faith leaders.
Russell explained that “the paradigm has shifted so dramatically that people more and more get that our marriages are no different than anyone else’s marriages, and that includes the reality that some of them fail, no matter our dreams and hopes.”
Earlier this year, Robinson explained how his sexual predilection is a central theme of his life.
“It’s something we are,” he said of his carnal desires. “I’m not just gay when I’m making love to my ‘husband.’ I’m gay all the time.”
Photo Credit: Facebook/Gene Robinson’s Australia Visit
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