Archbishop of Canterbury urges Christians: Repent on homophobia



The Archbishop of Canterbury has recognised his stance against gay marriage could be seen as ‘wicked’ and comparable to ‘racism’.
While speaking out against homophobia, the Most Rev Justin Welby said he voted against the same-sex bill because it seemed to be ‘rewriting the nature of marriage’ within the Christian tradition.
Speaking at the official opening of the Evangelical Alliance’s new premises in King’s Cross, central London, he said the bill rightly dealt with issues of homophobia in society.
‘As I said at the time in the House of Lords, the Church has not been good at dealing with homophobia,’ he added. ‘It has at times, as god’s people, either implicitly or explicitly supported it and we have to be really, really repentant about that because it is utterly and totally wrong.
‘But that doesn’t mean that redefining marriage is the right way forward.’
The Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Act received royal assent in July and gay couples in England and Wales will be able to wed at some point next year.
Mr Welby said he was keen not to exclude those who disagreed with his position but, if the same thing happened again, he would vote the same way. He also recognised there had been ‘a rapid cultural change’ in sexuality and sexual behaviour.
Mr Welby admitted: ‘We have to face the fact that the vast majority of people under 35 not only think that what we’re saying is incomprehensible, but also think that we’re plain wrong and wicked, and equate it to racism and other forms of gross and atrocious injustice.
‘We have to be real about that.’


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