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THERE HAS been a predictably mixed response from lobby groups on each side of the issue. Peter Tatchell of OutRage! accused the Archbishop of Canterbury of "siding with the anti-gay faction in the Anglican Communion". The Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement expressed concern at the "attempt to portray the American and Canadian Churches as particularly responsible for the current tensions", and at the moratorium proposed.

They were angry, too, at the visit made by the Primate of the Southern Cone, the Most Revd Gregory Venables, to conservative parishes in Canada last weekend - "before the ink was dry" on the document promising not to interfere in the life of other dioceses or provinces.

Changing Attitude has urged the two Churches not to agree to the temporary withdrawal, but to continue to participate fully in the ACC. "Their voice is needed to express the experience of Churches which, following the gospel imperative of love and justice, include lesbian and gay people at every level of church life."

Anglican Mainstream welcomed the strong endorsement of the Lambeth resolution 1.10 on human sexuality and the specific endorsement of "autonomy-in-communion". A joint statement from the American Anglican Council and the Anglican Communion Network considered the two provinces "effectively suspended" until 2008.

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