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US Episcopal Church elects gay bishop

A diocese in Los Angeles has elected only the second openly gay bishop in the global Anglican Church.

Rev Mary Glasspool, from Baltimore, was elected assistant bishop, although she needs a majority of national Episcopal Church heads to back her consecration.

The election of the first openly gay bishop, Gene Robinson of New Hampshire, six years ago created a massive rift.

Rajesh Mirchandani reports.

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