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Archbishop sent 'racist' messages

HATE CRIME: Archbishop of York has received racist emails, his office has said

ARCHBISHOP OF York has received racist emails following his remarks on gay marriage, it has been reported.

In an interview with the Daily Telgraph last month, Dr. John Sentamu said that marriage "must remain between a man and a woman".

"I don’t think it is the role of the state to define what marriage is. It is set in tradition and history and you can’t just [change it] overnight, no matter how powerful you are," he said.

The office of the Archbishop, who is the second most senior cleric in the Church of England, has announced he has received a "small number of abusive and threatening emails of a racist nature" and had reported them to police.

"A large quantity of correspondence was received in response to the archbishop's interview with the Daily Telegraph, which touched on a wide range of issues," a spokeswoman for Dr Sentamu said.

She continued: "Amongst many positive emails that he has received, there have been a small number of abusive and threatening emails of a racist nature which North Yorkshire Police are investigating as hate crimes."

In the interview, Dr Sentamu said he supported civil partnerships for same-sex couples, but said it was not the role of government to define what marriage was.

"It [marriage] is set in tradition and history and you can't just change it overnight, no matter how powerful you are," he said.

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