Repent, bishop tells gays

2009-07-05 22:24

London - A senior Church of England bishop has angered gay-rights campaigners by saying homosexuals should repent.

Archbishop of Rochester Michael Nazir-Ali told the Sunday Telegraph newspaper that the Bible defined marriage as the union of a man and a woman. He said the church welcomed gay people, "but we want them to repent and be changed."

Nazir-Ali is a leading member of the conservative wing of the global Anglican Communion, which is being torn apart over homosexuality and the ordination of women.
Gay groups condemned the bishop's remarks.

Campaigner Peter Tatchell said Nazir-Ali's view "goes against Christ's gospel of love and compassion".

Derek Munn of gay-rights group Stonewall accused the bishop of promoting inequality and intolerance.