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Anglican Church needs to adapt to gay marriage, archbishop says

‘I listened and I heard the roar of revolution,’ Justin Welby says

The Archbishop of Canterbury Credit: archbishopofcanterbury.org

The Anglican Church needs to reconsider and adapt after the “crushing” defeat of marriage reform in Britain, the Archbishop of Canterbury told a church conference, according to The Telegraph. 

"I spoke against it and voted against it but I listened and I heard the roar of revolution,” Archbishop Justin Welby said in a speech. 

The Anglican Church lobbied against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act, legalizing gay marriage in England and Wales, which was signed into law on July 17. 

"Those of us against the act were utterly crushed in the voting again, and again, and again,” Welby said. “Popular opinion is not a case for changing obedience to God but . . . an overwhelming change which affects the opinions of the majority of people, especially our young people, is a revolution we must pay attention to.”

The Roman Catholic Bishop of Shrewsbury, Mark Davies, told parishioners "the legislation does not, and cannot, change our understanding of marriage," the BBC reports