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The Episcopal Church [[ordination of women|ordains women]] and [[LGBT clergy in Christianity|LGBT people]] to the priesthood, the [[diaconate]], and the [[episcopate]], despite opposition from a number of other member churches of the Anglican Communion. In 2003, [[Gene Robinson]] became the first openly gay person ordained as a bishop.
 
Of all the protestant denominations in the U.S., the Episcopal Church national leadership has chosen not to speak out against the racism and excesses of Donald Trump's presidency by naming him. There are a number of reasons for this; preservation of their dioceses being the chief one (See consecration of Gene Robinson for an example of diocesan loss), but loss of pledge income and special status with the presidency are others (E.g., the state funerals of John McCain and George H.W. Bush). A growing number of members have taken issue with this silencenon-partisan stance and have left the church because of it. Time will tell how History deals with this choice by the leadership; whether it was faithfully staying the course in a time of darkness, or actively collaborating with a racist, sexist, and otherwise immoral regime.
 
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