English bishops seek repeal of 78+ countries’ anti-gay laws


Accepting a challenge from an openly gay peer in the House of Lords, the Rt. Rev. Martin Wharton of the Church of England spoke forcefully this month against anti-gay laws in 78-plus countries, especially those in former British colonies.

Bishop Wharton’s comments reiterated the position articulated in October by the Rt. Rev. Timothy Stevens, Bishop of Leicester, also in the House of Lords, that “under international law, popular dislike or moral disapproval of homosexuality can never be a sufficient justification for setting aside human rights.”

Bishop Stevens asked what action the British government is taking “to help rid the world of laws which have sustained inhumanity and injustice for far too long.”

Bishop Wharton’s remarks came during a March 13 debate in the House of Lords.  As reported by the Changing Attitude website, he said that, although the Anglican Communion is “deeply divided” about homosexuality, there could not be “any…

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