Gene Robinson’s election five years ago by the New Hampshire diocese split the Episcopal Church and the worldwide Anglican Communion.
Tuesday, on KXJZ’s Insight, Robinson praised the state Supreme Court’s recent ruling allowing same-sex marriages.
"It’s really important that we separate the issue of Civil Rights, R-I-G-H-T-S, from Religious Rites, R-I-T-E-S. Marriage ought to be a civil right offered to all citizens of this country and until that happens we don’t have equal rights under the law."
Robinson and his partner Mark Andrew were legally joined in a civil union last month.
Opponents of same-sex marriage say California voters defined marriage as between a man and a woman eight years ago when they passed Proposition 22.
Robinson is in Sacramento this week to hold church services.