CONCORD, N.H. - The first openly gay Episcopal bishop and his partner of 20 years have been united in a private civil union.
The Rt. Rev. V. Gene Robinson was legally joined to Mark Andrew, his partner of 20 years, in a civil ceremony Saturday, the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire announced.
Civil unions became legal in New Hampshire this year.
The union was performed five years to the day after New Hampshire Episcopalians elected him as their bishop.
The civil and a following religious service of thanksgiving were both held at St. Paul's Church in Concord.
Robinson had made public his intention to join his partner, but had kept the date secret out of concern about security. Spokesman Mike Barwell said the ceremony was intentionally private.
"Initially, the idea was to have it in a public building to make clear it was a public civil ceremony and a private thanksgivi
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