Gay Marriage Sensibility Watch: The Archbishop of Canterbury Says Key Issue is Sexual Fidelity to Your Partner, Not Orientation

On August 7, 2008, The Times of London, on its front page, reported that Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury and head of the worldwide Anglican Communion, 

believes that gay sexual relationships can “reflect the love of God” in a way that is comparable to marriage.

The key issue, for Williams, is lifelong sexual fidelity to a partner, not orientation. He expressed his personal views thus:

I concluded that an active sexual relationship between two people of the same sex might . . . reflect the love of God in a way comparable to marriage, if and only if it had about it the same character of absolute covenanted faithfulness.

As for the biblical passages that seem to condemn homosexual sex, Rowan interprets them as prohibitions against promiscuity, and addressed, not to people who are born gay, but:

to heterosexuals looking for sexual variety in their experience.

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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