Meeting in Grimes County, the Episcopal House of Bishops has decided to hold its ground in support of gays. The announcement is seen as a strong rejection of the Anglican Church's demand that they disavow same-sex couples and refuse to consecrate partnered gay bishops.
From their retreat at Camp Allen near Navasota, Episcopal said they consider gays and lesbians as full and equal participants in the church. Episcopal bishops have risked losing
their place in the global Anglican family by affirming their support for gays and rejecting a demand that they give up some authority to theological conservatives outside the U.S. Church. The Anglican spiritual leader, Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, issued a brief statement Wednesday calling the decision "discouraging."