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Anglican archbishops from Canterbury and York have criticized the anti-gay laws of Uganda.

The bishops have criticized the anti gay laws of Uganda and Nigeria. They have written to the presidents and the heads of national churches in the worldwide Anglican Communion of both countries outlining the fact that God loved everyone, including the gay people and asked that they should not be victimized.

Both countries, Uganda and Nigeria have passed legislation targeting the people with unnatural attractions.

According to Archbishops Justin Welby of Canterbury and John Sentamu of York, the letter was a result of “questions about the Church of England’s attitude to new legislation in several countries that penalises people with same-sex attraction”.

The letter comes as Archbishop Welby starts a five-day tour of Africa. So far in Uganda, parliament has passed the antigay bill but is still being blocked by the president, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

In their letter, the archbishops reiterated their support for a document known as the Dromantine Communique, published in 2005 by the primates of the Anglican Communion. “We continue unreservedly to be committed to the pastoral support and care of homosexual people. The victimisation or diminishment of human beings whose affections happen to be ordered towards people of the same sex is anathema to us. We assure homosexual people that they are children of God, loved and valued by Him and deserving the best we can give – pastoral care and friendship,” the  communique said.