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New UKIP leader Diane James says she will not fight against same-sex marriage

New UKIP leader Diane James says she will not fight against same-sex marriage

Diane James is new UKIP leader

The new UKIP leader Diane James has promised she will not fight against same-sex marriage.

As one of four UK Independence Party members of the European Parliament for south east England, she took over the reigns from departing leader Nigel Farage.

UKIP were one of the biggest driving forces for Britain to exit the European Union.

There have been growing concerns over who would take over UKIP after Farage, with the hopes the choice would not campaign on homophobic and transphobic policies.

Many UKIP members have been exposed to have extremist homophobic, biphobic and transphobic views. Departing leader Farage opposed same-sex marriage, and referred to LGBTI people as ‘fags’ and ‘scum’.

But it appears as if James will not go down that road.

In a Q&A with LGBTI supporters last month, James insisted she had ‘no problem at all’ with same-sex marriage as ‘it is now enshrined in UK legislation’.

She said she would support the inclusion of LGBTI policies in the party’s manifesto for the first time, and backed ‘full and lawful recognition’ for transgender people.

However, James has also voted against LGBTI rights measures in the European Parliament and previously defended homophobic politicians within the party.

8,451 UKIP members voted for James to win the leadership contest.