25 Dec 2009

Archbishop against anti-gay bill

12:11 pm on 25 December 2009

Archbishop of York John Sentamu has spoken against proposed legislation in Uganda that could lead to death sentences for homosexuals.

Archbishop Sentamu, who was born in Uganda and is the second-highest ranking clergyman in the Church of England, described the proposed law as "victimising".

Under the plans, gays and lesbians would be jailed for life if convicted of having sex, and gay people who had sex with a minor would be put to death. People who fail to report homosexuality face up to three years in prison.

Dr Sentamu told the BBC the Anglican communion was committed to recognising that gay people were valued by God.