Abp. of Canterbury to World Council of Churches: Government Has No Right to Redefine Marriage


Christian Concern UK:

The Archbishop of Canterbury has stated that the Government has no right to legalise same-sex marriage, and that issues regarding homosexual rights should be “addressed at the level of culture rather than law.”

In a statement to the World Council of Churches in Geneva, Dr Rowan Williams commented that the legalisation of homosexual marriage would impose an unwanted re-definition of marriage on the whole of society, and that the law on human rights fell “short of a legal charter to promote change in institutions.”

He added: ‘If it is said that a failure to legalise…... same-sex marriage – perpetuates stigma or marginalisation for some people, the reply must be, I believe, that issues like stigma and marginalisation have to be addressed at the level of culture rather than law.’