Selwyn slates Sentamu’s same sex slip

Undergraduates at Selwyn have written to college alumnus and Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, in reaction to his recent comments in opposition to gay marriage in which he compared state action to introduce it to that of a "dictator".

A JCR referendum on the letter opened at midnight on Tuesday and closed at midnight yesterday. The turnout was high, with 59% of the undergraduate population coming to vote. 155 voted in favour, 61 against and 8 abstained.

Axel Landin, Selwyn JCR Vice-President, commented that while Selwyn is "very proud that the Archbishop is an alumnus of ours…this was an issue that undergraduates felt strongly about, and Selwyn takes pride in its role as a campaigning JCR, which highlights issues of relevance to our members to a wider public sphere."

The text of the letter was drafted by JCR LGBT Officer, Lewis Bartlett, and discussed at an open meeting on Sunday. Students expressed their concern that the Archbishop is "being overly simplistic by arguing that the government is attempting to change the ‘traditional and historic meaning of marriage overnight'". They question Sentamu's main objection to the Government's proposals – that the state does not have the right to define marriage – asking "who does actually hold this authority?"

The letter has been published online and a copy has been sent to Sentamu. At the time of TCS going to print last night, Selwyn JCR were in negotiations with The Guardian and The Telegraph about having their letter published in today's issues.

Alice Moore - Deputy News Editor

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