GROTON, Conn. (AP) _ The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear the case of a 136-year-old Connecticut parish that broke away from the Episcopal Church and tried to keep its property after the church consecrated its first openly gay bishop in 2003.
The high court’s decision on Monday ended the dispute between the Bishop Seabury Church in Groton and the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut. The parish was seeking a review of a Connecticut Supreme Court ruling last year in favor of the diocese, which argued that church rules prohibit congregations from walking away with church properties.
The parish now has to relinquish the property to the diocese.
Church pastor, the Rev. Ronald Gauss, told The Day of New London that the congregation will look for a new home.
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