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Archbishop Of Canterbury: Gay Relationships "Comparable To Marriage"

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Rowan Williams believes that gay sexual relationships can "reflect the love of God" in a way that is comparable to marriage, The Times has learnt.

Gay partnerships pose the same ethical questions as those between a man and woman and the key issue for Christians is that they are faithful and lifelong, he believes.

Dr Williams is known to be personally liberal on the issue but the strength of his views, revealed in private correspondence shown to The Times, will astonish his critics.

The disclosure threatens to reopen bitter divisions over ordaining gay priests which pushed the Anglican Communion towards a split, as conservatives seek uphold the Biblical opposition to homosexuality.

Read the whole story at The Times Online