In a new interview with The Daily Telegraph, the second most senior cleric in the Church of England declared his views on same-sex marriage and asked that the ministry follow suit.
“Marriage is a relationship between a man and a woman,” said Dr. John Sentamu. “I don’t think it is the role of the state to define what marriage is. It is set in tradition and history and you can’t just [change it] overnight, no matter how powerful you are.”
Sentamu added, “We’ve seen dictators do it in different contexts and I don’t want to redefine very clear social structures that have been in existence for a long time and then overnight the state believes it could go in a particular way.”
The Seattle Lesbian reported the following related story on January 16, 2012: Church of England Sued by Openly Gay Cleric:
The Church of England is once again making international headlines because one of its most senior openly gay cleric is entertaining the possibility of suing for discrimination if he is not promoted to the role of bishop – a role which he believes he is entitled to regardless of his sexuality.Dr. Jeffrey John, the dean of St Albans, was forced to stand down by the archbishop of Canterbury after being appointed suffragan bishop of Reading in 2003 following objections from conservative evangelicals. John is in a committed – celibate – same-sex relationship with another cleric.
More can be read about the Church of England’s stance on homosexuality here: Choosing Bishops – The Equality Act 2010.