Facing His Own Divorce, Bishop Gene Robinson Says He Still Believes In Marriage

gene-robinson-TH-360x281Gene Robinson is used to be a high-profile figure. The first openly gay Episcopal bishop, Robinson has delivered prayers at presidential events, faced death threats and counseled gay Catholic priests. Now Robinson is facing another major event publicly: the decision of he and his husband, Mark Andrew, to divorce.

Robinson announced the end of the 25-year relationship in a post on the Daily Beast that begins “Life is hard.” (No kidding.) Robinson said that “the details of our situation will remain appropriately private,” but he does credit Andrew for being “one of the kindest, most generous and loyal human beings on earth.”

“There is no way I could ever repay the debt I owe him for his standing by me through the challenges of the last decade,” Robinson says. “I will be forever grateful to him, and as I tell couples in pre-marital counseling, ‘Marriage is forever, and your relationship will endure—whether positively or negatively—even if the marriage formally ends.’”

At the time he was preparing for his wedding to Andrew, Robinson joked, “I always wanted to be a June bride.” Now he admits that sadness at “the missed opportunities for saying and doing the things that might have made a difference, the roads not taken, the disappointments endured but not confronted.”

Still, Robinson says he maintains his faith in marriage. “My belief in marriage is undiminished by the reality of divorcing someone I have loved for a very long time, and will continue to love even as we separate,” Robinson writes. “Love can endure, even if a marriage cannot.”