Lib Dem leader Tim Farron won’t say if he thinks being gay is a sin

Apr 19, 2017 by

by Dan Bloom, Daily Mirror:

The leader of the Liberal Democrats has once again declined to say if he thinks being gay is a sin.

Tim Farron, a committed Christian, claimed it would be a “theological pronouncement” when confronted by Channel 4 News.

Mr Farron previously failed three times to say if that was his view when he was interviewed by the same show – instead saying “we’re all sinners”.

Former Great British Bake Off host Sue Perkins tweeted: “Tim Farron failing to clarify his views on the gay community. It’s 2017.”

Labour activist Jack Slater tweeted: “To hold the belief that homosexuality is sinful is disgusting. Tim Farron, you are no progressive.”

Other Twitter users backed Mr Farron by pointing to his vote for gay marriage, which his party helped make law before he was Lib Dem leader.

The exchange came when Mr Farron was asked by Channel 4 News’ Cathy Newman: “I asked you whether it was true that you believed homosexuality was a sin, and you struggled to answer.

“Now you’ve had a while to consider that question, what is the answer?”

But Mr Farron replied: “I’m not in a position to go making theological pronouncements.

“Over the next six weeks I’m not going to spend my time talking theology.

“As a liberal I’m passionate about equality, about equal marriage, about equal rights for LGBT people, for fighting not just for LGBT rights not just in this country but overseas.

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