While speaking at the Church of Scottland General Assembly on Tuesday, Archbishop Desmond Tutu received a standing ovation for his speech in support of gay clergy. He called on his church to be welcoming of all, inspite of sexuality. Tutu has never been shy about condemning his own church for any type of homophobic behaviour. He is quick to question why his church would be concerned about gay issues when there are pressing issues like hunger, poverty and disease.
According to Tutu, "In this family there are no outsiders. All, all, are insiders. All are children of our heavenly father: the rich, the poor, the lame, the blind, the clever, the not so clever, the white, the black, the red, the yellow. All, all, all. The Palestinians, the Israelis, Al Quaeda, Bin Laden, George Bush. I will draw all into this embrace of love. All. Lesbians, gays, so called straights. All, all, all. We are family. We are sister and brothers."
Though it looked like the Anglican church was headed in the right direction with the appointment of an openly gay minister last weekend, the church came right behind this decision and passed a two-year ban on new appointments of gay ministers.