Archbishop in row over gay marriage

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A MEMBER of the University of Cumbria’s Students’ Union has called for the resignation of the university’s Chancellor and Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu over his stance on gay marriage.

Dr Sentamu has been tipped to become the next Archbishop of Canterbury following the recent resignation of Rowan Williams, but his recent remarks about same-sex marriage have provoked anger among some in the students’ union.

Speaking to the BBC’s Andrew Marr, Dr John Sentamu said that the government should not push ahead with plans to legalise same-sex marriage.

He opposes gay marriage but supports civil partnerships, which he says have addressed the injustices faced by same-sex couples.

He said: “There’s a difference – and people don’t these days want to talk about difference...that difference doesn’t mean one is better than another, but they’re different.”

He added: “I happen to believe that to change the law in the end would be forcing an unjustified change.”

He urged Prime Minister David Cameron to show “mastery in inactivity” rather than “pressing ahead” but his views have angered some sections of the Students’ Union (UCSU), particularly the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) group, with one member calling for his resignation.

A debate was held by the UCSU during their Campaigns and Inclusion Assembly, which the Chancellor was invited to speak at, but was unable to attend due to diary commitments.

See the Lancaster Guardian (12-04-12) for full story.