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Liberal Democrats leader won’t say whether homosexuality is sinful

Liberal Democrats leader won’t say whether homosexuality is sinful

The leader of the Liberal Democrats in the UK refused to comment on whether he thinks homosexuality is sinful.

In an interview on Friday with Channel 4 News, the new leader of the Lib Dems Tim Farron told broadcaster Cathy Newman that: ‘My firm belief is that we are all sinners’, when asked if ‘homosexual sex’ is sinful.

Farron, devoutly Christian, was asked to speak about his personal views. As leader of a liberal party he has been controversially negative about abortion rights and marriage equality – he voted against the marriage equality bill.

Asked if homosexuality is a sin he said: ‘Perhaps the Bible phrase that I use most – particularly with my kids, but actually on myself – is: “You don’t pick out the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye when there is a plank in your own.”’

He said ‘what makes a liberal’ is: ‘[To] fight for the freedom of every single individual to be who they wish to be.’

His interviewer Newman persisted, quoting the biblical passage: ‘You shall not lie with a man, as with a woman: it is abomination’; asking whether he agreed.

Newman also stated that pro-LGBTI stance was a touchstone of Lib Dem beliefs.

Finishing the interview, Farron reiterated: ‘Everyone is a sinner, and everyone has the offer of redemption.’

Sunday, he issued a statement on his beliefs on the Andrew Marr show: ‘Let me be crystal clear, I’m a liberal and I absolutely support equality.

‘I’m passionate about LGBT-plus rights, for example, and as the leader of a Liberal party, that is something that will be at the top of my agenda throughout the time that I am leader of our party.’