Blair confortable with gay clergy but says church must decide
October 31, 2003
LONDON — Prime Minister Tony Blair said Thursday he is comfortable with
gay people serving as bishops but did not want to take sides in the
debate roiling the Anglican church.
"I have never had any difficulty with people who are gay doing
things that they do in any walk of life that people who are not gay
do," he told British Broadcasting Corp. radio. "I have never found
this is a distinction that matters to me. I personally would not
have a problem with it. However, this is a matter that is for the
Church of England."
The selection of openly gay cleric V. Gene Robinson as Bishop of
New Hampshire has bitterly divided Anglicans, and conservatives are
threatening to split from the faith's worldwide communion if he is
consecrated next month.
Blair, a devout Anglican, said he believed that sexuality was a
private matter. þSapa-AP
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