The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams- the leader of the Anglican church worldwide- has personally adopted views regarding a moral grounding for gay marriage. The issue of gay marriage can be debated from the theological to the political. Yet, this article (linked above) took an interesting spin. Note the quotes below:
The article notes, "He drew a distinction between his own beliefs as a theologian and his position as a church leader, for which he had to take account of the traditionalist view."
Williams himself states, “When I teach as a bishop I teach what the Church teaches. In controverted areas it is my responsibility to teach what the Church has said and why.”
The article doesn't note how these letters became public. I don't suppose it matters if Williams is willingly quoted in the article. Williams displays at least some theological responsbility in teaching the doctrines of the church, but the fact that this knowledge is now public makes any theological comment that Williams makes on behalf of the church seem disingenuous. I respect Williams for making the distinctions listed above; there's a certain amount of theological humility he holds to teach as he does. In the end, though, one has to wonder if this is a slippery slope towards an Anglican split. If Williams holds these beliefs, it might be more likely that his successor will as well.
I won't deal with the claims Williams makes about homosexuality and the Bible. But for a good theological treatment on the subject, see Slaves, Women, and Homosexuals by William Webb.