Farron: Lib Dems will not enter coalition government

Posted April 26, 2017

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has said clearly for the first time he does not believe gay sex is a sin.

On Sunday, questioned if sex between consenting adults was a sin, Mr Farron told ITV political editor Robert Peston: 'Robert, if I'm honest with you, it's possible I'm not the only person who is getting exhausted of this line of questioning'.

Asked why he had not been clear earlier, Mr Farron 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".

Farron has been repeatedly grilled over his views on homosexuality since he became the Lib Dem leader in July 2015, because in 2013 he was one of nine Liberal Democrat MPs who abstained at the third reading of the bill introducing same-sex marriage.

In an interview with the BBC on Tuesday, Mr Farron said: "I don't believe that gay sex is a sin".

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Mr Farron replied: 'In America it appears you have to invent a faith in order to be seen to be a serious candidate for anything.

His comments have raised fresh criticism from a number of politicians and commentators, including Labour MP Liz Kendall and Conservative former cabinet minister Michael Gove, who were in the same studio listening to his answers. "Otherwise they will face a vicious backlash in the election - we know these voters are open to the Liberal Democrats". "This had become a talking point, an issue, and in that case if people have got the wrong impression of what I think about on these issues, then that's something it's right you correct".

"Even if I had a figure in my head, you'd be the umpteenth person I was going to disappoint by not giving a figure to".

"When asked, as he has been before, whether he thinks gay sex is a sin, he offers only half an answer", the newspaper said, quoting Farron as saying: "I do not believe being gay is a sin". It'd have been perfectly possible for him to say "Of course it's not a sin, it's how people love each other".

He was also forced to admit last week that he did not think homosexuality was a sin following criticism from the likes of David Walliams and David Baddiel.