Episcopal Church Allows Bishops in Celibate Same-Sex Unions

“Men in a civil union will now be allowed to become bishops in the Church of England, but they are not allowed to have sex.”

So begins this article by CNN here. (As one of the readers said in a comment, “The best first sentence in an article ever. What a laugh to get the day started.”)

Not that the Episcopal Church cares about my opinion, but if they were to ask for it, I would have three questions:

(1) What’s the point?

(2) If homosexual sex is forbidden, how about other, non-sexual forms of contact between romantic partners, such as kissing or hand-holding? If the former is forbidden because the Bible forbids it, then why would the latter be okay?

(3) Do you actually believe that two homosexuals in a civil union are going to obey this rule and not have sex?