Religion News Service
April 17, 2013

The new archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, will hold talks with gay rights leader Peter Tatchell on Thursday (April 18), less than a month after the Australian-born activist called Welby “homophobic” for his opposition to same-sex marriage. “I applaud the archbishop’s willingness to engage in dialogue, all the more because he comes from the conservative wing of the Church of England,” Tatchell said in an interview. “I hope our meeting is not mere window dressing and good PR for the church. I’m expecting more than tea and sympathy.” Tatchell, 61, said that his aim would be to persuade the new archbishop — who is also head of the world’s 77 million-member Anglican Communion — to embrace “a new historic compromise with the gay community.”