A photo of a former Archbishop of Canterbury has been removed from a top British university after some students objected to his opposition to gay marriage.
The picture of Lord Carey of Clifton, who was the leader of the Church of England between 1991 and 2002, has been taken down from the “wall of fame” of former students at the entrance of the King’s College London campus in The Strand.
Others in the montage are Florence Nightingale and the Duke of Wellington.
The move follows a five-year campaign by a small group of students who disagreed with Lord Carey’s allegedly homophobic opinions.
University bosses have confirmed his portrait has been removed along with several others to be replaced by digital screens following a review which decreed that the pictures “did not capture the diversity of our university community”.
Niall McCrea, a lecturer in mental health at King’s, attacked the move in an article written with the Rev Jules Gomes, pastor of an evangelical church, for the Conservative Woman website.
They wrote: “For a prestigious institution of Christian heritage to allow this campaign to claim victory is worrying. [Lord] Carey is not homophobic, but his name has been tarnished by a ‘gay-stapo’ that refuses to acknowledge that a clergyman cares for all, while maintaining a traditional view of marriage.”
President of King’s student union Ben Hunt reportedly led the campaign to have Lord Carey’s photo removed.
Lord Carey, 81, has not commented.