Archbishop Rowan Williams, the spiritual head of the Anglican Communion, had this to say on the topic of homosexuality and contraception:
In a church that accepts the legitimacy of contraception, the absolute condemnation of same-sex relations of intimacy must rely either on an abstract fundamentalist deployment of a number of very ambiguous biblical texts, or on a problematic and nonscriptural theory about natural complementarity, applied narrowly and crudely to physical differentiation without regard to psychological structures.
I’m not convinced he’s right, but it’s a fascinating thesis. Was the decision of the Anglican Church to permit birth control the trigger that sex off homosexual ordinations decades later? And if so, is there anything that other Protestant churches can do to prevent going down the same path?