By Tris Reid-Smith, gaystarnews
New Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby admits gay relationships have values but won’t shift on same-sex marriage, activist Peter Tatchell has said after meeting with him.
Tatchell urged Welby to reconsider gay marriage equality, apologize for past church persecution of LGBT people and engage with activists in Africa where parts of the Anglican church are leading a wave of homophobic hate.
But Tatchell emerged from meeting Archbishop Welby this afternoon (18 April) with an agreement to further dialogue as the biggest concession he could secure.
Tatchell said: ‘It was a very constructive, engaging meeting. But also quite frank with a number of disagreements.
‘Quite clearly Justin Welby is struggling with how he reconciles Christ’s gospel of love and compassion with the church’s current position which is to oppose marriage equality.
‘I think he took on board my point that discrimination is not a Christian value.
‘He kept on saying is not discrimination, that same-sex marriage is not the same as opposite-sex marriage. He believes there is an “intrinsic difference” in the nature of same-sex relationships and opposite-sex relationships which justify the law.’
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Peter Tatchell: Being invited to Lambeth Palace by Justin Welby represents LGBT progress by Joseph Patrick McCormick, Pink News
Archbishop backs law change to allow straight civil partnerships by John Bingham, Telegraph
Archbishop Welby struggles to support gay equality by Peter Tatchell
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