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Preacher, who thinks gays are ‘sinners’, runs for political office in heart of gay London

Preacher, who thinks gays are ‘sinners’, runs for political office in heart of gay London

A UK preacher is so angry gay people have made Soho their home, he is running as an independent candidate in the upcoming election.

Andrew Murray, a minister for the Hope Community Church, declared in March he wants to be a councillor ‘to better represent the people of Soho’, a gay area in London.

In his online posts, the church leader has ranted about same-sex marriage in England and Wales.

‘We simply believe that the Bible’s teaching about creation sets God’s pattern for human relationships,’ he said.

‘In particular that God established marriage as being between a man and a woman’.

As a minister of the Hope Community Church and who helps to run the Fair Share shop in Soho, Murray believes in strict interpretations of the Bible and he expressed his concern for the Christian faith in a gay community like Soho.

‘We seek to live out our faith in an area notable, as a centre for the gay community,’ he said in an email directed to a prospective member of the church. This email thread was shown to Gay Star News.

We are very concerned that we communicate both the love and the truth of Christ.’

Sharon Talbot, a Soho local, told GSN Soho does not need a councillor who is against gays because of who they are and who they love.

She also said she will make sure the people of Soho would not vote for a ‘homophobe’.

Talbot has written a response to Murray’s campaign, telling the preacher he should be ‘ashamed’ of himself.

For years we struggled for marriage equality, only to have somebody like you try to describe our relationships as "wrong”,’ she said.

‘And as for "we believe that any sexual relationships outside of marriage are wrong", you have just insulted every single person who chooses not to marry in west end – gay or straight – and I for one will be making sure they know your outdated views.’