Gay Liberal Democrat cabinet minister called Tim Farron illiberal

KINGSTON UPON THAMES, ENGLAND - JUNE 01: Liberal Democrats leader Tim Farron visits Kingston Hospital on June 1, 2017 in Kingston upon Thames, England. Britain goes to the polls to vote in a general election on June 8. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)

David Laws, who served as Chief Secretary to the Treasury, labelled the outgoing Lib Dem leader “prejudiced” as he resigned because of inability to combine being a Lib Dem leader and being a Christian. The openly gay politician accused the Lib Dem leader of fostering a “dangerous myth” about how people in same-sex relationships should be treated by society. Laws said that such views go against the liberal values, one of which is equality. “Many of us have despaired over the last few weeks in seeing all the good work of Liberal Democrats such as Lynne Featherstone, who drove through the equal marriage legislation under the coalition, undermined by Tim’s failure to be able to give direct and liberal responses on his own attitudes to homosexuality. A Liberal Democrat election campaign which should have appealed to liberal voters of all ages has been undermined by the outdated opinions and views which Tim clearly holds.”


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