Hull vicar attacks York Gay Pride march blessing
20 June 2015
From the section Humberside
Reverend Melvin Tinker has criticised York Minster’s decision to bless a Pride march taking place in the city
A vicar has defended comparing homosexuality with paedophilia.
The Reverend Melvin Tinker, from Hull, also said York Minster’s support for a gay pride march in the city was “absolutely inappropriate”.
The Pride march was due to start from the Minster at 11:30.
The Hull and East Riding LGBT Christian Fellowship said Mr Tinker’s comments were not representative of all Christians
Mr Tinker, the vicar of St John Newland in Hull, was responding to comments by Canon Michael Smith, from York Minster, who said he wanted to establish good relationships with the LGBT community.
Mr Tinker made his comparison between homosexuality and paedophilia during an interview with Minster FM.
Speaking to BBC Radio Humberside afterwards he said: “Stealing a car is wrong, murdering someone is wrong, one’s far worse than the other but the point is they both fall in to the immoral category that’s simply the point I was making.”
He said it was “out of place” for the Canon to bless the parade “as if this has got the Church’s blessing”.
Mr Tinker said he had received a number of abusive emails since making the comments.
Reverend Melvyn Tinker said homosexuality was immoral
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