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December 21, 2014

Justin Welby admits he has been listening to gay clergy about how the Church has treated them, but won’t discuss his previous opposition to gay marriage

‘If you love them you listen carefully,’ said UK Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby about the gay community.

He was talking on the radio about gay clergy who feel they have been mistreated by the Church because of their stance on gay marriage.

However, when challenged about his previous opposition to gay marriage he refused to answer.

Welby was talking to Kirsty Young on BBC Radio 4’s show Desert Island Discs.

July 9, 2014

Welby voted against bill. Claims emerge as Anglicans in UK start talks on sexuality policy

The Archbishop of Canterbury and head of the Anglican church worldwide, Justin Welby, secretly backs gay marriage even though he voted against it.

That’s the claim being made in the corridors of the UK Parliament.

And the rumor has emerged as his Church of England starts a behind-closed-doors consultation on sexuality among its members amid divisions over same-sex marriage and whether gays or lesbians should become bishops.

Senior Anglican bishops, including Welby, get a vote in the unelected upper chamber of the parliament, The House of Lords.

May 12, 2014

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby says while he realises homosexuality is a ‘divisive issue’, schools should not turn a ‘convenient blind eye’ to prejudice

Church of England has revealed its plan to tackle homophobic bullying in schools.

Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, has told all Anglican schools in England the Bible should not be used to justify homophobic behavior.

While the guidance recognizes homosexuality is a ‘divisive issue’, schools should not turn a ‘convenient blind eye’ to prejudice.

April 13, 2014

The Church of England faces 'crisis' as it comes under pressure to discipline the clergyman for breaking the rules and as other clergy members may follow suit

Canon Jeremy Pemberton, 58, a hospital chaplain, has become the first Church of England clergyman to enter into a same-sex marriage under Britain’s new marriages laws when he married his long-term partner Laurence Cunnington, 51, on Saturday.

Local media reports say the move is expected to plunge the Church into a fresh crisis as it is in direct defiance of the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby. The Church is also strongly opposed Britain’s newly-introduced same-sex marriage laws.

April 4, 2014

If the Church of England announced support for same-sex marriage, it could lead to a 'massacre' of Christians in Nigeria, South Sudan and other African countries

African Christians will be killed if the Church of England accepts same-sex marriage, the Anglican head has suggested.

Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, claims backing LGBTI rights in the UK would lead to a ‘massacre’ in other nations.

Speaking on a LBC phone-in, he said he had stood by a mass grave in Nigeria of 330 Christians who had been killed over gay issues in America.

March 24, 2014

Bar owner says he has been shocked over the homophobia he has faced since he opened up a business in the spiritual home of the Church of England, Canterbury

A British vicar went to a gay bar and offered to ‘cure’ the customers, the bar owner has claimed.

Tony Butcher, a 41-year-old who runs the Limes Lounge in Church of England’s spiritual home of Canterbury, said he has been shocked by the homophobia he has faced since he opened six months.

March 19, 2014

GSN sources say past gay ‘cures’ by the Anglican Church in Uganda have included beatings and exorcisms to draw out gay demons

The Church of Uganda will be setting up ‘gay cure’ groups after returning ‘resources’ given to them by the Church of England.

They may even be performing ‘exorcisms’ and beatings, according to experts.

It shows the Anglican community in the east African country is distancing itself from the mother church in the UK, which has called on it to be more gay-friendly.

President Yoweri Museveni praised bishops of the Anglican Church recently for their support and campaigning to pass the anti-gay legislation.

March 3, 2014

Stanley Ntagali, the Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, has accused the Anglican Church of being 'spiritually blind' on the issue of homosexuality

Uganda is threatening to break away from the Church of England over gay rights.

Stanley Ntagali, the Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, has said the head of the Anglican Church has become ‘spiritually blind’ on homosexuality.

Addressing Christians at St Andrew’s Church in Bukoto, he said he had received a letter from Ugandan-born Archbishop of York John Sentamu.

In the letter co-signed by Archbishop of Canterbury, they said the Church of England was ‘concerned’ about the African country’s homophobia.

February 13, 2014

Anglican head Justin Welby has said Church of England's reluctance to change with the times could mean it will become irrelevant to society

The Church of England is being told to welcome gay couples or they will be damned like racists, the Archbishop of Canterbury has said.

The Most Rev Justin Welby has said there is a ‘great fear’ blessing the unions of gay couples.

But he said the Church’s decisions could mean it become irrelevant in a changing society.

Welby was speaking in a personal address to a General Synod meeting in London shortly after the Church agreed to allow the creation of the first female bishops.

January 31, 2014

The leaders of the Anglican Church in Uganda and Kenya have warned the Church of England to back off on LGBTI issues after the Archbishop of Canterbury reminded them of their responsibility to support and care for gay people

African bishops have reacted to Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby’s letter reminding them of their duty to LGBTI people, with the bishops of Uganda and Kenya telling the Church of England to back off on having a conversation about whether same-sex relationships could be tolerated in the church.

January 30, 2014

The head of the global Anglican Communion has written to African bishops to tell them to treat LGBTI people with dignity ahead of a trip to Africa

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York yesterday wrote to the heads of all the national churches in the global Anglican Communion - reminding them of a 2005 commitment they made to the pastoral support and care of gay people ahead of a trip by Archbishop Justin Welby to Africa.

Welby is visiting Africa for a five day trip in which he will be meeting Anglican leaders in South Sudan, Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

December 16, 2013

Religious marriages or ‘nikahs’ are already available to gay Muslims, so for one LGBTQI group, marriage equality is not the most urgent priority

It’s an exciting time for marriage equality campaigners all over the world now, including in the UK.

In May 2013, the House of Commons passed the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill for England and Wales with 366 votes in favor and 161 against. In June, the House of Lords backed equal marriage by rejecting an amendment aimed at wrecking the Bill by 390 votes to 148.

The Equalities Minister, Maria Miller, has now announced that the first same-sex weddings can take place from 29 March 2014.

September 2, 2013

Anglicans who are opposed to gay people being ordained as clergy will meet in Nairobi in October for a second Global Anglican Future Conference five years after the first in Jerusalem

The conservative anti-gay faction within the Global Anglican Communion will meet for the second time in five years for a second Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) but say they are not yet ready to split to form their own church.

‘It is now ten years since the Episcopal Church of the United States consecrated Gene Robinson as Bishop of New Hampshire, despite the fact that he had left his wife and family and then later entered into a sexual relationship with a man,’ GAFCON chair and Primate of Kenya Archbishop Eliud Wabukala said.

August 29, 2013

Anglican head Justin Welby has admitted some may view on marriage equality as 'wicked' and has asked Christians to 'repent' for their views

The Archbishop of Canterbury has said his stance against equal marriage could be seen as comparable to ‘racism’.

Justin Welby has said while he stands by his decision to be opposed to same-sex marriage, he admits it could be seen by some to be ‘wicked’.

Speaking at the official opening of the Evangelical Alliance's new premises in London, he said society had evolved its views on sexuality.

The Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Act received royal assent in July and same-sex couples in England and Wales are expected to be able to wed by summer 2014.

July 6, 2013

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby says recent marriage debate shows how the Church risks appearing out-of-step with changing society

The Archbishop of Canterbury has called on the Church of England to accept the ‘revolution’ in attitudes to sexuality in society and respond radically to ‘new contexts’.

Archbishop Justin Welby announced  yesterday (5 Jul) a program to tackle homophobia at school, which makes him ‘appalled’.

While the leader of the world’s 78 million Anglicans has stayed away from proposing any change to the church’s stance on same-sex marriage, he admitted ‘some of what was said was uncomfortably close to the bone.’

June 14, 2013

Catholic Church head has met with Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby to discuss gay marriage

Pope Francis has surprised in gay marriage talks by proving he is a more diplomatic figure than his predecessors.

The leader of the Catholic Church deftly avoided speaking against gay rights while speaking to the head of the Anglican Church, the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.

Francis, the only pope in history to become leader when he was the cardinal of a country with same-sex marriage, said he wanted to work with Welby to promote family values ‘based on marriage’.

June 13, 2013

New ‘bigots’ register’ for England and Wales would allow opposite-sex couples to be separately registered as having a ‘traditional marriage’

Former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord George Carey is trying to wreck gay marriage in England and Wales by creating a new gold standard only straights can be part of – ‘traditional marriage’.

As a member of the House of Lords, he is proposing to amend the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill so it recognizes ‘traditional marriage’ as only being between a man and a woman.

June 8, 2013

Reverend Marcus Ranshaw took to Facebook to call the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby a ‘wanker’ for his anti-gay views

A Church of England priest has publicly trashed his superior’s homophobic views.

Reverend Marcus Ranshaw took to Facebook this week calling Justin Welby, the notoriously anti-gay Archbishop of Canterbury, a ‘wanker’ for saying gay marriage would devastate the institution. Welby was speaking during the two-day House of Lords debate where politicians and religious officials argued for or against gay marriage in the UK. 

June 5, 2013

Anglican Church – the state religion of Britain – will now work to ‘improve’ the equal marriage bill as it goes through parliament, not block it

The Church of England has accepted it is the will of parliament that gay and lesbian couples can marry – and will stop fighting it.

The Bishop of Leicester, Tim Stevens, who leads the bishops in the House of Lords, Britain’s upper chamber of parliament, has made the statement today (5 June).

He said they will now try to ‘improve’ the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill for England and Wales, rather than trying to block it.

June 3, 2013

Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, admits the church has treated LGBT people badly in past but still won’t back gay marriage in House of Lords

The new Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has expressed ‘sorrow’ at his church’s past treatment of LGBT people.

The head of the Anglican Church worldwide made the comments as he took part in a debate in the House of Lords, Britain’s upper chamber of parliament, about the governments Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill for England and Wales.

He hesitatingly accepted the bill did give sufficient protection to avoid his church or other faith groups being forced to conduct gay or lesbian weddings – even if they were sued in the courts.

June 3, 2013

From lords who say gay marriage persecutes Christians to those who argue it's good for business, the debate comes to the UK's House of Lords today

From a lord who wants to marry his own son and fancies his brother, to an ex archbishop who says marriage equality will lead to polygamy and Nazi persecution, the opponents of gay marriage in Britain's House of Lords are numerous and vocal.

So it will be a stormy debate today and tomorrow (3 and 4 June) when the Lords, the unelected upper chamber of the British parliament, get to debate and vote on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill for England and Wales.

May 31, 2013

The former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey, has launched an attack on gay marriage just ahead of the UK House of Lords vote on marriage equality next week

Legalizing gay marriage will pave the way for polygamy and even siblings getting wed, the former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord George Carey warns in a new book.

The 77 year-old Lord argues the marriage equality bill will lead to demands for multiple-spouse marriages and weddings between cohabiting sisters, in a paper published by the Civitas think-tank.

The intervention from Lord Carey comes after the House of Commons voted to legalize marriage equality and ahead of a vote on the matter next week in the House of Lords.

May 20, 2013

Church 'unconvinced' there was a ‘genuine and widespread public need’ for change as gay marriage bill goes through UK parliament

Church of England bosses have forced their own leader – Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby – to pull support for straight civil partnerships.

It is part of their official response to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill for England and Wales which the government is currently pushing through the UK parliament and which will be debated again today.

The Church of England is the state religion of Britain and its bishops will have a vote on the legislation when it reaches the House of Lords.

April 28, 2013

Openly gay Dr. Jeffrey John could become the next Bishop of Durham, the third-most powerful position in the Anglican Church

An openly gay bishop could become the third-highest ranking cleric in the Church of England.

Dr. Jeffrey John, Dean of St. Albans, is being considered for the role of Bishop of Durham, a position previously held by the now-leader of the Anglican Church Archbishop of Canterbury Rev. Justin Welby.

According to British newspaper The Telegraph, the panel responsible for appointing the next Bishop of Durham was told on Friday (26 April) that the new appointee should be able to establish ‘positive relationships’ with gay Anglicans.