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US Church set to ordain lesbian bishop

By Robert Pigott
Religious affairs correspondent, BBC News

The Episcopal Church in the US is set to go ahead with the controversial ordination of an openly lesbian bishop.

Saturday’s ordination comes despite warnings from the Archbishop of Canterbury that it will deepen an already bitter dispute on sexuality.

Canon Mary Glasspool, 56, will become an assistant bishop in Los Angeles, the first openly gay US bishop since Gene Robinson seven years ago.

Since then the Anglican Communion has been on course for a permanent split.