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Episcopal Church Ordains Openly Gay Bishop in L.A. Today

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Today the Episcopal Church will ordain the Rev. Canon Mary Glasspool as "one of the first two female bishops in the Diocese of Los Angeles' 114-year history," reports cbs2. Additionally, the 56-year-old Baltimore native will be the church's second openly gay bishop. Glasspool, who has been with her partner for 22 years, was nominated last August and voted in this March, despite pressure from conservative Episcopalians to reject her nomination. In discussing her personal life, Glasspool "said in an essay on the Los Angeles diocese Web site that she had an 'intense struggle' while in college with her sexuality and the call to become a priest."