Colin Coward feels betrayed by the "Dr Rowan Williams’ new-found opposition to gays and lesbians in the ordained ministry of the Anglican Communion."
Coward, an out gay Anglican priest was a student of Williams' when he taught theology at Cambridge. Coward is also the Director of Changing Attitude.
“I am sure he is still the man I knew as being inclusive. I think he must be torn about inside.”
He added: “The part of me that knows Rowan as a friend still values him as a friend. But another part of me is incredibly disappointed. I feel betrayed and let down.”
But he praised Dr Williams’s teaching at Westcott House. “It was the first place I could be comfortably gay,” said Mr Coward, who went there aged 31 after an initial career as an architect.