The Archbishop of York became embroiled in a live TV argument over same-sex marriage on Wednesday morning as ITV presenter Piers Morgan accused him of homophobia.

Archbishop John Sentamu was appearing on Good Morning Britain when Morgan compared homophobia and racism. Sentamu, who is originally from Uganda, was visibly irritated at Morgan’s suggestions.

“This is the trouble I have with the people who argue that the question of sexuality is equal in terms of argument to the question of slavery.

“No, some of my relations died on the ships. Slavery was a very wrong thing.”

The second most senior cleric in the Church of England insisted that an opposition to gay marriage was not homophobic.

I’ve got a lot of gay friends and they see me as a friend, as someone who wants to support and defend them against homophobia.”

The archbishop was invited onto the program to defend his intervention on the referendum after he declared his support for remaining in the European Union. However the heated discussion quickly moved onto the aftermath of the Orlando shooting and Morgan argued it was time the Church of England changed its position on gay marriage.

I’ve got a lot of gay friends and they see me as a friend, as someone who wants to support and defend them against homophobia.”

The Archbishop responded: “You can still have your view, in terms of teaching the church’s position on marriage and at the same time be intolerant of those who are homophobic.

“The church’s teaching on marriage between a man and a woman is very clear. I support civil partnerships because for me that’s a matter of equality, a matter of fairness.

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Written by TCE Global News