The American Episcopal Church’s first openly gay Bishop Gene Robinson, now retired, is to receive a university award for his work within the church.
Robinson is to receive the 2013 Thomas A. Dooley Award from the Gay and Lesbian Alumni of the University of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s College in Indiana. The award will be presented on April 6.
The award is part of the faith-based award given by the schools for individuals who “have demonstrated personal courage, compassion and commitment to advance the human and civil rights of lesbian and gay Americans.”
When Robinson was elected as the top bishop in New Hampshire in 2003, he sparked outrage among conservative Episcopalians, who broke away from the main church in the United States over having a gay bishop in their ranks.