Mary Glasspool, an Episcopal priest in a same-gender relationship, was elected in December as suffragan (assistant) bishop of the Episcopal Church Diocese of Los Angeles. If confirmed by Episcopal bishops, she will be the church's second openly gay bishop. Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, head of the Anglican Communion, said her election "raises very serious questions, not just for the Episcopal Church and its place in the Anglican Communion but for the communion as a whole." Susan Russell, past president of Integrity USA, an Episcopal gay advocacy group, said Williams "was fanning the flames of homophobia."
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