Archbishop Of Canterbury Knows His Homophobia Is Seen As "Wicked"
Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, voted against marriage equality in the United Kingdom, and he accepts that most people under 40 will view him as "wicked" for his bigotry.
The archbishop of Canterbury has said his stance against gay marriagecould be seen as "wicked". Justin Welby said he stood by his decision to vote against same-sex marriage legislation, but said that could be seen by some as akin to "racism and other forms of gross and atrocious injustice".
Speaking at the opening on Wednesday of the Evangelical Alliance's new premises in King's Cross, London, he said society had evolving views about sexuality, and many younger people thought opposition to gay marriage was "plain wrong".
Welby said: "What I voted against was what seemed to me to be the rewriting the nature of marriage in a way that I have to say within the Christian tradition and within scripture and within our understanding is not the right way to deal with the very important issues that were attempted to be dealt with in that bill.
"The bill was clearly, quite rightly, trying to deal with issues of homophobia in our society. As I said at the time in the House of Lords, the church has not been good at dealing with homophobia – it has at times, as God's people, either implicitly or explicitly supported it and we have to be really, really repentant about that because it is utterly and totally wrong.
"But that doesn't mean that redefining marriage is the right way forward. That discussion is continuing and the church is deeply and profoundly divided over the way forward on it. I am absolutely committed not to exclude people who have a different view from me, I am also absolutely committed to listening very carefully to them."
Despite being thought of as "wicked" by evolved humans and the lens of history, Welby insists he'd vote the same way if given the chance again in the future.