Following the public outcry which followed sweeping new anti-gay laws in Nigeria, we are relieved to see that the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have responded with a letter to all Anglican Primates.
The letter reminds all Archbishops and Presiding Bishops in the Anglican Communion of the commitment which was made by Primates in 2005 – to care pastorally for all people, irrespective of sexual orientation and reject all action which seeks to victimise or diminish LGB&T people.
“The victimisation or diminishment of human beings whose affections happen to be ordered towards people of the same sex is anathema to us. We assure homosexual people that they are children of God, loved and valued by Him and deserving the best we can give – pastoral care and friendship.”
The letter clearly states that this is a response to “legislation in several countries that penalises people with same-sex attraction”.
This is clearly a step in the right direction and we now await a response from the Anglican Church in Nigeria and elsewhere.
Thank you to everyone who signed the petition in the previous AE Blog. You have helped to make this happen.
Let keep praying for LGB&T people in the countries affected.