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Lib Dem leader Tim Farron: ‘I do not believe gay sex is a sin’

Lib Dem leader Tim Farron: ‘I do not believe gay sex is a sin’

Tim Farron says he became "torn" between his Christian faith and his political responsibilities

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has said clearly for the first time he does not believe gay sex is a sin.

The self-confessed Christian evangelist has been repeatedly asked about how his faith affects his politics, and specifically on homosexuality.

In media interviews he has been asked to clarify his views on whether he believes being gay, or having sex with a same-sex partner, is sinful.

Again he said he ‘did not want to get into a series of questions unpicking the theology of the Bible’ to the BBC.

But he acknowledged it had ‘become an issue’, and did not want people getting the ‘wrong impression’.

‘I don’t believe that gay sex is a sin,’ he said.

‘I take the view though that as a political leader, my job is not to pontificate on theological matters.’

In parliament last week, he was asked if being gay was a sin. ‘I do not,’ he replied.

Farron reinstated the Lib Dems have ‘undoubtedly the best record’ on gay rights’ and he would rather talk about ‘big issues’ like the NHS and Brexit.

‘I am quite careful about how I talk about my faith. I do not bang on about it, I do not make a secret out of it,’ he said.

‘On reflection, it makes sense to actually answer this direct question since it’s become an issue.’.

The UK is a locked in a battle as there are only a few short weeks before the snap General Election on 8 June.