portal-graphics-20_1158734aThis is a sad example of just how far Christian wingnuts will take their campaign against gay people, and just how personally they administer it.  They always say they “hate the sin, but love the sinner,” which is, of course, one of their greatest lies, but they have no qualms doing everything they can to, for instance, make Bishop Gene Robinson’s life miserable:

CONCORD, N.H. — The first openly gay Episcopal bishop said Saturday that he will retire in 2013, due in part to the “constant strain” on him and his family from the worldwide backlash against his election seven years ago.

Bishop V. Gene Robinson, whose consecration convulsed the global Anglican fellowship, said he was announcing his retirement early so the transition would be smooth for the Diocese of New Hampshire. He assured congregants that he is healthy and sober after seeking treatment for alcoholism five years ago. He will be 65 when he steps down.

Robinson revealed his plans at the annual diocesan convention in Concord.

“The fact is, the last seven years have taken their toll on me, my family and you,” the bishop said, in prepared remarks released by the diocese. “Death threats, and the now-worldwide controversy surrounding your election of me as bishop have been a constant strain, not just on me, but on my beloved husband, Mark.”

He deserves a break. The work he’s done, just by being the pioneer, is beyond measure.

[h/t AfterElton]