Major newspapers and TV outlets across the country are covering the announcements over the weekend that the Diocese of Minnesota and the Diocese of Los Angeles are including partnered gay and lesbian candidates among their nominees for their upcoming bishop elections.
The AP story which appears in the Washington Post among other places quotes Susan Russell:
“‘What happened really is we gave the green light for dioceses to do the right thing,’ said the Rev. Susan Russell, president of Integrity USA, an Episcopal gay advocacy group.
Episcopalians caused an uproar in 2003 by consecrating the first openly gay bishop, V. Gene Robinson of New Hampshire. Anglican leaders responded by asking the U.S. denomination for a temporary ban on consecrating any more gay bishops while they tried to reach a compromise that could keep the 77 million-member Anglican Communion unified.
No other bishop living openly with a same-sex partner has been consecrated since then.”
Read the full article here.
The LA Times thought enough of the story to feature it on the front page of their print edition this morning.
Other coverage is found in the San Francisco papers (hometown of one of the nominees), the Chicago Tribune (here and here) hometown of another, and on the airwaves on CNN Headline News and KTLA and KABC in Los Angeles and on WGN and CLTV in Chicago.