01/02/2012 11:16 GMT

Activists Denounce Archbishop of York's Opposition To Gay Marriage

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.

In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, the Archbishop said marriage was set in history and the state could not change it overnight.

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."