So, what does this mean for me and you? Well, as far as I know, there's no Anglicans reading. (If you are, stop lurking and join!) So there's no direct impact. However, this is the first time in my memory that a religious sect has shown a clear divide on this subject. The decision reached will likely set precedent for other groups.
If, for example, the Anglican Church doe split on the issue of homosexuality, that will mean that there is a Christian church that openly accepts homosexuality. Is this an important step toward an equality that disregards sexual orientation and preference? Absolutely. As much as the government claims it, and as much as I'd liek to believe it, the seperation of church and state is a pleasant fiction. Federal acceptance of homosexuality as no different from heterosexuality would have to start with at least one church declaring openly that it's 'okay to be gay'. If the schism occurs, and nothing horrible happens to the american branch of anglicanism, that will give a green light to other groups who feel strongly on the subject to split, or convert, or whatever.
If the American Anglican group decides to retract the ordainments of their gay ministers and retract their support of civil unions, it will send an equally clear sign. A sign that the principles of equality and tolerance take a back seat to unity and fear.
I certainly hope that the latter does not happen.
I think I'm going to go find an Anglican Minister and shake his hand.