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Andrea Leadsom, who wants to become the next UK Prime Minister, speaks against same-sex marriage

Andrea Leadsom, who wants to become the next UK Prime Minister, speaks against same-sex marriage

Andrea Leadsom opposes same-sex marriage

Andrea Leadsom, who wants to become the next UK Prime Minister, has spoken out against same-sex marriage.

The energy minister, who campaigned for Brexit, is on the shortlist of people who will be elected as the leader of the Conservative party.

Tory members will vote on which of the top two, in a vote later today, will become party leader and prime minister.

Speaking to ITV News, she said: ‘I would have preferred for civil partnerships to be available to heterosexual and gay couples and for marriage to have remained as a Christian service that was for men and women who wanted to commit in the eyes of God.’

Leadsom said while ‘the love of same-sex couples is every bit as valuable as that of opposite sex couples’ she ‘didn’t really like the legislation’ passed by outgoing Prime Minister David Cameron in 2013.

She said there had been ‘very clear hurt caused to many Christians who felt marriage in the Church can only be between a man and a woman’.

However in the same interview she added: ‘I absolutely support gay marriage.’

Rather than voting against the 2013 Bill, she abstained by voting both ways. During the debate, she felt opposite-sex marriages would be ‘undermined’ by same-sex marriages.

Speaking to Channel 4 News today, she said: ‘I absolutely am a Christian and I am very proud of it’.