Episcopal bishop to resign over same-sex marriage stance

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In this undated photo, the Right Reverend William H. “Bill” Love poses for a portrait in his office. Love agreed to resign his position as Episcopal bishop of Albany, New York on Feb. 1 after a disciplinary panel found that he violated church rules by ordering clergy in the diocese not to perform same-sex marriages, according to a disciplinary agreement announced Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, by Episcopal Church leadership. (Amy Biancolli/The Albany Times Union via AP)

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Episcopal bishop of Albany, New York, has agreed to resign after a disciplinary panel found that he violated church rules by ordering clergy in the diocese not to perform same-sex marriages. The Right Reverend William H. “Bill” Love will leave his position on Feb. 1 after starting a sabbatical a month earlier, according to a disciplinary agreement announced Saturday by Episcopal Church leadership.

Love, bishop since 2007, issued a pastoral direction two years ago prohibiting clergy in the diocese from performing marriage rites for same-sex couples, contradicting the Episcopal Church’s stance. The Episcopal Church says Love’s pastoral direction barring same-sex marriages will no longer be in effect.

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