This weekend, what little unity remains in the Episcopal church will be tested. Later today California church delegates will vote on the selection of their next bishop and three of the seven candidates are gay. Choosing one to lead the Diocese of California would further alienate conservatives already feeling betrayed that the church approved a gay bishop three years ago. One conservative priest likened the election of a gay bishop in California to "a terrorist bomb, which is timed to destroy a peace process."
California: A federal appeals court declined to rule whether it was unconstitutional under federal and state law to deny gays and lesbians the right to marry, leaving the issue to state courts.