Archbishop of Canterbury
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Church of England, and spiritual head of the Anglican Communion. There have been Archbishops of Canterbury since 597.
Some notable Archbishops of Canterbury
- In 670, St Theodore of Tarsus prescribed penances for various homosexual acts.
- St Anselm wrote in passionate terms to male friends, and suppressed the condemnation of homosexuality following the Council of London in 1102.
- John Whitgift, Archbishop from 1583 to 1604, was noted for his very close friendship with Dr Andrew Perne.
- Edward White Benson, Archbishop from 1883 to 1896, had a lesbian wife and at least four gay or lesbian children.
- George Carey's Easter sermon in 1998 was disrupted by Peter Tatchell as a protest against Carey's opposition to gay rights.
- Rowan Williams, Archbishop from 2002 to 2012, was seen as liberal on gay issues, but found it impossible to appoint a gay man as a bishop because of the controversy that this raised within the Church of England and the world-wide Anglican Communion.
- Justin Welby, appointed 2012, voted against equal marriage in the House of Lords.