Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has revealed that one of the reasons he joined the party was because of the way his gay and lesbian friends were being treated and bullied.

Speaking to GQ, Tim Farron, leader of the Liberal Democrats revealed that one of the reasons he joined the party was because of the way he saw his gay and lesbian friends being treated.

He said,

One of the reasons I joined the liberals was because of lesbian and gay rights. Friends of mine were gay and I saw how they were treated and bullied. I want a society where people are valued for who they are.”

Farron has repeatedly had his stance on gay relationships questioned after abstaining on the UK’s same-sex marriage vote in 2013.

During a Channel 4 interview last year Farron was asked no less than 3 times if gay sex was a sin.

In 2007 Tim Farron voted against the Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations in 2007, a law which protects against discrimination based on sexual orientation in the provision of goods and services.

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When asked by GQ if gay sex was a sin, Farron answered,

“I’m not a religious leader; I’m a political leader. I think that everybody is utterly equal. People should be free to love who they want and marry who they want. But I don’t go making theological pronouncements…

 

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