Walter C. Righter, an Episcopal bishop who pushed for the ordination of gays and women and was once charged with heresy for his actions, died Sunday at the age of 87.
The Los Angeles Times reports on the death and life of Righter, a retired Episcopal bishop of Iowa. He passed away at home outside Pittsburgh after a long illness, according to a spokesman for the diocese there.
“Righter became a lightning rod for dissent over the ordination of gays in the Episcopal Church when he was an assistant bishop in Newark, N.J., under Bishop John Spong, an outspoken supporter of ordaining lesbians and gays,” reports the Times.
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