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Lib Dem leader and Christian evangelist Tim Farron: 'I do not believe being gay is a sin'

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Lib Dem leader and Christian evangelist Tim Farron: 'I do not believe being gay is a sin'
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Tim Farron says he became "torn" between his Christian faith and his political responsibilities

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has said he does not believe homosexuality is a sin.

The Christian evangelist was asked by Channel 4 News to clarify his position on same-sex couples and gay sex.

He had previously avoided the question and said ‘We are all sinners’.

But in the Commons, he was asked the same question.

‘I do not,’ he replied to Conservative MP Nigel Evans.

‘I am very proud to have gone through the lobby behind [Evans] in the coalition government where the Liberal Democrats introduced gay marriage, equal marriage, and indeed did not go as far as it should have done in terms of recognizing transgender rights.

‘However, there is much more to be done, and if we campaign in this election, as we will, for an open, tolerant, united society, then we need to make sure that we do not in any way be complacent about LGBT rights, not just here, but in other parts of the world.’

Farron has mostly always voted for LGBTI rights in parliament, voting for same-sex marriage on one occasion and being absent for another. He has also spoken out against ‘gay cure’ therapy and against restrictions on gay men donating blood.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has consistently voted for LGBTI rights, including campaigning against Section 28, equalizing the age of consent, and for same-sex marriage.

Nicola Sturgeon, head of the Scottish National Party and First Minister of Scotland, has also repeatedly backed LGBTI rights.

Theresa May, Prime Minister and head of the Conservatives, voted for same-sex marriage but has also worked against LGBTI rights.

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