Archbishop of Canterbury accused of ‘failing to show leadership on LGBT marriage’

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby (left) speaks with Jayne Ozanne (right) and other LGBT+ campaigners and their allies gather outside Lambeth Palace, south London, ahead of a reception for parliamentarians to demand an end to the discrimination against LGBT+ people in the Church of England. Plans to allow the blessing of same-sex civil marriages for the first time were outlined lastweek, but the position on gay marriage will not change and same-sex couples will still be unable to marry at church. Picture date: Monday January 23, 2023. PA Photo. See PA story RELIGION Marriage. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby (left) speaks with Jayne Ozanne (right) and other LGBT+ campaigners and their allies outside Lambeth Palace (Picture: PA)

The Archbishop of Canterbury has been accused of failing to show leadership in ending discrimination against LGBT people after he appeared at a protest about equal marriage rights.

Justin Welby spoke to around 40 activists who gathered outside his London residence of Lambeth Palace asking for same-sex couples to be allowed to marry in church.

The protest on Monday evening was organised by former government LGBT adviser and General Synod member Jayne Ozanne along with veteran campaigner Peter Tatchell.

They were supported by politicians including Baroness Ruth Hunt and the Conservatives’ Ben Bradshaw.

Mr Welby said he can understand why it is painful for LGBT people to be denied the same marriage rights but said church institutions globally are ‘deeply divided’ over the issue.

He told protesters: ‘To get something through – to get equal marriage – would need legislation, and legislation has to carry by two-thirds in each house of Synod.’

Mr Tatchell said the Archbishop’s appearance at the protest was a ‘PR move’ and did not illustrate a willingness to help further their cause.

Justin Welby met with protestors on Monday night (Picture: PA)

LGBT campaigners claimed the Archbishop didn’t say ‘anything of substance’ (Picture: PA)

He said: ‘It was good that the Archbishop came out to meet us but he didn’t say anything of substance.

‘He just reiterated his stance opposing same sex marriage – and that is discrimination.’

Asked if Mr Welby’s presence indicated he might be willing to engage with protesters in the near future, Mr Tatchell said: ‘No.

‘I think it was a good PR move and it was good that he engaged with us but he did not move anything forward.

‘He has not shown leadership. He has just sat on the fence.’

Last night’s protest at Lambeth Palace

Church of England is the official state religion but it defies the state’s endorsement of equal marriage. You cannot have a state church that does not reflect the state’s commitment to equality. Disestablish the homophobic Anglican church!

— Peter Tatchell (@PeterTatchell) January 24, 2023

Mr Tatchell said the Archbishop’s refusal to personally bless same-sex couples despite welcoming proposals for others within the church to do so is an act of ‘appeasing homophobes’ in the institution.

‘LGBT people are being sacrificed in the name of church unity,’ he said.

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‘That is not a Christian approach.’

Ms Ozanne said one ‘palpable action’ from the Archbishop was that he had asked for a list of names of people who ‘preach messages that harm LGBT people’ so he could ‘deal with’ the issue.

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Source:: Metro


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