I truly believe that if the Episcopal Church had not ordained Gene Robinson as bishop of New Hampshire, if there had been no fight with those within TEC who opposed the ordination and if TEC had not been marginalised within the Anglican Communion by Rowan Williams, then the recent outrage in the US in response to the teenage, gay suicides would not have happened. There would also be far fewer gay people among Obama's nominated officers and no states voting to allow same sex marriages or any of the other advancements in justice for gay people that have happened over the last few years.
Of course, TEC has not been the only player in the crusade, but, my goodness, have they kept the media fixated with the issue and the media has woken up the people of America (both those for and against gay equality) simply by the amount of copy on the issue they have published and broadcast. The fact that The Episcopal Church is a church has been a Godsend. The media would never have been so attracted by any other type of organisation standing up for gay rights for the same reason they don't write about a manager of a drinks vending machine company having an affair with his secretary but will splash a priest's infidelity all over the front page.
The actions of The Episcopal Church have meant that there have been less suicides, murders and just plain pain and suffering. Most of all, their actions and vocal support have given hope to all the marginalised.
In England, we are fortunate to have had, ever since William Wilberforce, a Parliament that has seen moral issues to be part of its remit to a much larger extent than its counterpart in the States and so the emancipation of gay people in my country has gone ahead, albeit gradually, despite the reactionary tendencies of our national church. But Rowan Williams' wrongheaded and cowardly pragmatism and arrogant pigheadedness is, in England and elsewhere, creating exactly the opposite of what TEC has achieved in the US. His support of homophobes throughout the Anglican Communion has encouraged them to think that they are morally in the right and has enabled suicide, murder, pain and suffering to increase in every country where evil bigots use the Bishop of Canterbury's perceived authority to validate and prosper their continued oppression of gay people, women and other marginalised people. And he has caused all this hatred and evil for an idealised unity that has never really existed and which will not make the world a better place for anybody, other than a few fancy titled bishops, if it was to exist in the future.
Blood on your hands, Church of England.
Respect due, The Episcopal Church.