Jacob Rees-Mogg says ‘God made men and women’ as LBC phone-in caller vows to boycott Labour and Lib Dems over ‘woke’ stance on trans rights

Apr 5, 2022 by

by James Tapsfield and Daniel Martin, Mailonline:

Jacob Rees-Mogg today insisted God ‘made man and he made woman’ as he was grilled on trans rights during a phone-in today.

The Cabinet minister – a devout Catholic – quoted scripture as he dismissed the idea that a woman could have a penis.

While stressing that he supported ‘tolerance’ and allowing people to choose how to conduct their lives, Mr Rees-Mogg argued on LBC radio that biological facts were ‘perfectly obvious’.

[…]  Mr Rees-Mogg added: ‘I think the issue is a complex one because there are issues of tolerance, and there are issues of kindliness. And I think it’s very important to allow people to make whatever choices in their life.

‘People must be allowed to lead the lives they want. I don’t want to tell them how to lead their lives. But I agree with Jane there are some things that are perfectly obvious, and you can’t contradict them.’

Labour has found itself in difficulty over trans issues in recent weeks, and last month Harry Potter author JK Rowling said the party could ‘no longer be counted on to defend women’s rights’.

Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper refused three times to define what a woman is, telling Times Radio she was ‘not going to get into rabbit holes on this’.

Ms Dodds, Labour’s shadow minister for women and equalities, told BBC Radio 4’s Women’s Hour there were ‘different definitions legally’ and added: ‘I think it does depend what the context is, surely.’

Sir Keir floundered when asked whether a woman could have a penis, saying: ‘I don’t think that discussing this issue in this way helps anyone in the long run’.

Angela Rayner, Labour’s deputy leader, backed an NHS hospital which asked men whether they were pregnant.

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