Episcopal Vote Delayed After Allegations Surface

August 4, 2003 - Posted at: 2:40 p.m. CDT

MINNEAPOLIS - Episcopal leaders delayed a vote Monday on whether to confirm the church's first openly gay bishop after allegations involving "touching" and "pornography" emerged against the clergyman, a church spokesman said.

Jim Solheim, the Episcopal spokesman, would not elaborate on the allegations against the Rev. V. Gene Robinson.

Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold was expected to make a statement later Monday, Solheim said.

Robinson's spokesman Mike Barwell said he would comment only after Griswold released his statement.

Robinson needs approval from delegates to the church's General Convention to become bishop of the Diocese of New Hampshire. His candidacy drew intense opposition from conservatives, who said they would consider breaking away from the church if he was confirmed.

Robinson, a 56-year-old divorced father of two, has been attending the convention with his daughter and partner of 13 years, Mark Andrew.

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