Archbishop responds to call to condemn Ugandan anti-homosexuality bill

By staff writers
December 18, 2009

The Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement (LGCM) has wholeheartedly welcomed an assurance from the Archbishop of Canterbury’s press office that he condemns the proposed draconian Anti-Homosexuality Bill currently before the Ugandan Parliament.

The Archbishop's press secretary told the LGCM this week, in response to a message of concern from the organisation, that Archbishop Rowan Williams is "very clear that the private Member’s Bill being discussed in Uganda as drafted is entirely unacceptable from a pastoral, moral and legal point of view."

The spokeserson went on to say that the proposed Bill was "a cause of deep concern, fear and, to many, outrage", says LGCM.

The Rev Sharon Ferguson, Chief Executive of LGCM, said: "I only hope and pray that Archbishop Rowan Williams will now instruct all Anglican clergy in Uganda to speak out against this Bill and to take whatever action is needed to safeguard the lives of lesbian, gay and bisexual people."

The Archbishop's office had previously assured campaigners that "the Archbishop has been working intensively behind the scenes (over the past weeks) to ensure that there is clarity on how the proposed bill is contrary to Anglican teaching."

But there was concern that Dr Williams had not spoken out directly.

In a newspaper interview at the weekend, however, he went on record as opposing the Anti-Homosexuality Bill for the first time.

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