The signatories include Archbishop Desmond Tutu; the Most Revd Linda Nicholls, Archbishop of Canada; the Most Revd Mark Strange, Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church; the Most Revd John Davies, Archbishop of Wales; Rabbi Aaron Goldstein, chair of the UK Conference of Liberal Rabbis and Cantors; and many other key figures from many faiths including the Sikh, Muslim, Buddhist and Hindu religions.
Here’s an extract from their declaration:
- We affirm that all human beings of all sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions are a precious part of creation and are part of the natural order.
- We affirm that we are all equal under God, whom many call the Divine, and so we are all equal to one another.
- We, therefore, call for all to be treated equally under the law…
- We believe that love and compassion should be the basis of faith and that hatred can have no place in religion.
- We call on all nations to put an end to criminalisation on the grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity, for violence against LGBT+ people to be condemned and for justice to be done on their behalf.
- We call for all attempts to change, suppress or erase a personâ€™s sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression â€“ commonly known as â€œconversion therapyâ€ â€“ to end, and for these harmful practices to be banned.
- Finally, we call for an end to the perpetuation of prejudice and stigma and commit to work together to celebrate inclusivity and the extraordinary gift of our diversity