KCL students tell Lord Carey: apologise or have your window removed

“Same-sex relationships are not the same as heterosexual relationships and should not be put on the same level.”


Those are the words of Lord Carey, who appears in one of the windows on the Strand which display famous King’s College London alumni. This is fact, and video recordings of the speech make this clear. The transcript on Lord Carey’s website of the speech removes the phrase “and should not be put on the same level”, despite Lord Carey’s website claiming the text is “unedited”.

Lord Carey made the above statement over a year ago and the decision makers at King’s College London have taken no action concerning his prestigious position.

As a student of King’s College London, I regularly use the College’s Strand campus; here, Lord Carey’s image sits next to Desmond Tutu’s. The images of esteemed alumni which sit in windows overlooking students, staff and visitors alike, informally represent all those affiliated with the College.

What Lord Carey stated was of particular concern to students at King’s.  This is because “not only are the statements made by Lord Carey unacceptable, they are deeply offensive.” This can be stated with authority because the Student Council (or legislature) of the King’s College London Student Union passed a motion stating those exact words on November 12, 2013. This is the second motion passed on the issue.

Lord Carey’s words caused offence because once it is accepted that one form of relationship is inferior to another, the door is opened to further discrimination.

I do not want to leave King’s College London –an establishment I was once so proud to attend – knowing I am linked to an institution that takes a neutral stance when individuals encourage discrimination.

At the same time as promoting King’s College alumnus Desmond Tutu, the man who once wrote “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor”, King’s College London continues to display the image of Lord Carey, a man who promotes injustice.

Peter Tatchell stated in the Evening Standard that “The stance of the King’s College administration looks hypocritical. They seem to have double standards on racism and homophobia.” It is up to the decision makers at the College to prove Peter Tatchell wrong, and also to prove that they themselves do not share Carey’s views.

The only way this can be done is by removing Lord Carey from his privileged position at the front of the Strand campus. If Lord Carey wants to keep his image in the Strand window, he should retract his statement and apologise for the offence caused.


  1. RogueHedonist .

    15 November, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    The liberals are being fascist in not allowing the voice of the conservatives to be heard. If there’s freedom to those who state that homosexual relationships are equal to heterosexual relationships why isn’t there freedom for voices from the other end of the spectrum?

    It doesn’t attempt to change the views of the liberals or the homosexuals in any way. If I were Lord Carey I wouldn’t bother about having a ‘window at strand’ but would stick to my principles beliefs.

  2. James

    15 November, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    skip to 8:50

  3. Patrick Slamin

    15 November, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    I thought his speech was brilliant. You are misinterpreting what he is saying. By suggesting they “aren’t on the same level,” he isn’t arguing for the superiority as such of heterosexuality, and by no means is he suggesting that homosexuals shouldn’t be allowed to be together, he is arguing that the difference should be recognised. As he keeps repeating, “we must accept our differences.” The notion of marriage is a historically Christian one, and one defined as a union between a man and a woman. To forcibly change it is to deny them freedom of expression.

    • Ruby Guyatt

      15 November, 2013 at 11:36 pm

      Hi Patrick, I’d like to politely bring a couple of things to your attention: 1) You describe marriage as ‘historically Christian’, but all of the marriages in both the Old and New Testaments are between Jews. Marriage predates Christianity. 2) The legal definition of marriage has already been repeatedly ‘forcibly change[d]’. For example, in 1971 the Nullity of Marriage Act was passed, legally banning same sex marriage in England and Wales for the first time.

  4. A12B

    16 November, 2013 at 11:08 am

    Is this really the best use of your time as our “representative”?
    Nobody cares. A lot of us have real concerns, such as how we’re going to pay next month’s rent, or how we’ll be able to afford a railcard to get into uni. I don’t give a damn if some former archbishop said that if I get married I won’t be ‘equal’ to straight people. You live in a completley different world if you think that THIS is a priority.

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