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Worldwide Spiritual Head of The Anglican Church Expresses Sorrow About Treatment of LGBTs

Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has expressed sorrow for past poor treatment of LGBT people by Anglicans, referring to it as a “considerable failure”. The Archbishop claims to represent 80 million Anglicans throughout the world, and does not support the concept of same-sex marriage.

His expression of regret further challenges the notion advanced by some LGBT activists, that those who oppose same-sex marriage, are simply ‘haters’.

The Archbishop’s comments were expressed as part of his response to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill for England and Wales, but interestingly some news outlets have focused on his comments about marriage and not mentioned his expression of sorrow. Various GLBT websites reported the expression of sorrow (EG1, EG2) but several of what are perhaps more conservative Christian websites have not (EG1, EG2). This omission in reporting possibly illustrates how conservative Christians under-appreciate that GLBT people have sincerely felt hurt when conservative Christians treat them simply as abominations rather than as people with feelings.

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