Activists Denounce Archbishop of York's Opposition To Gay Marriage

01/02/2012 16:16

Scores of protestors have voiced their protests against comments made by the Archbishop of York on same-sex marriage in a demonstration outside York Minster.

The noisy, but good-natured demonstration, was sparked by comments made by the Archbishop, Dr John Sentamu, in which he said ministers should not overrule the Bible by allowing same-sex marriage.

Dr Sentamu, who is the second highest-ranking cleric in the Church of England, said prime minister David Cameron would be like a "dictator" if he permitted homosexual couples to get married and that marriage must remain a union between a man and a woman.

His comments were condemned by the 70 or so protestors who held placards and chanted songs on the steps outside the cathedral.

Twenty-year-old Cem Turhan, a second year philosophy and politics student at York University who organised the demonstration, told the Press Association: "We have come here today to show our anger at Dr Sentamu's comments.

"We are showing unity and coming together with the aim of spreading the message about same-sex marriage. What he said was completely wrong. Marriage is a civil right, we should not allow religion to dictate what it is."

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