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High asset divorce by first gay bishop being sought after

An Episcopal bishop who became the first openly gay clergy in the Anglican Church to be married has filed for divorce. He was a symbol of gay rights for many, even those outside the church, and deeply divided the Episcopal Church and Anglicans at that time.

The bishop involved was never truly and completely accepted by the Anglican Church in England. The Anglican Church is represented in America as the Episcopal Church. There are currently 70 million members of this church world-wide.

While not saying why the 25-year relationship was ending, he said in the announcement that he was grateful to his ex-spouse for the support he had given the past 10 years. The announcement of this high asset divorce was made via an email transmission.

He said that he realizes that gay and lesbian couples face the same hardships as traditional couples.

In 2003 he had death threats made against him for getting married and his personal life was revealed for all to see. In 2006, the bishop was admitted to a rehabilitation center for alcoholism.

Because of his election to bishop, many churches individually left the mother church and established the Anglican Church in North America. In 2008, he was denied entrance to the Lambeth Conference that happens once a decade. This was an effort to bring the church back together.

Gay rights groups saw him as a pioneer and he became an advocate for gay marriage and wrote extensively on the subject. Most famously, he offered the benediction to President Barak Obama's inauguration.

He had previously been married to a woman and had two children with her before they divorced. After 10 years together, he and his same-sex partner got married in 2008 and were recognized legally as married in 2010.

If you have assets and a reputation to protect, you may want to contact a professional who can represent you and who will have your best interests in mind.

Source: Yahoo News, "1st openly gay Episcopal bishop to divorce husband" Rachel Zoll, May. 04, 2014

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