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Gay sex not a sin, says Christian leader of Lib Dems Tim Farron

Wed 26 Apr 2017
By Alex Williams

Gay sex is not a sin, self-declared Christian and the leader of the Liberal Democrats, Tim Farron has said.

The politician spoke out after following pressure to clarify his stance and criticism for not being more open about his views.

Speaking with the BBC, he said: "I don't believe gay sex is a sin.

"I take the view that as a political leader though my job is not to pontificate on theological matters."

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In an interview last week, Mr Farron did not say whether or not homosexuality was a sin.

Following criticism from celebrities and fellow politicians, he said one day later in the House of Commons he did not think being gay was a sin.

Mr Farron then faced calls to be unambiguous over his views specifically on gay sex.

Asked in the BBC interview why he had not made his views clear sooner, he said: "I was asked the question early on and I didn't want to get into a sort of series of questions unpicking the theology of the Bible.

"What I want is to make sure we deal with something that's become an issue."

Trying to draw attention back to the General Election in June, Mr Farron added: "we need to be talking about big issues - health, social care, education, whether we're in the single market or not."

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