STORY: Speaking at a news conference in London to discuss the apology, the Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell fought back tears as he said the apology wouldn't be enough for some people.
"I'm really pleased it's changing for my, you know, gay friends. I'm really pleased and no it's not enough for some. And I'm really sorry it's not enough," said Cottrell.
The Church of England, central to the Anglican communion, earlier this week published a list of proposals developed by the bishops over a six-year period which showed it would refuse to allow same-sex couples to get married in its churches.
The religious institution stood by its teaching that marriage is between "one man and one woman" in the proposals, but said priests could bless same-sex couples in church. Gay marriage was legalized in Britain in 2013.