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Ethics – Tim Farron hounded

June 2017

British people back the right of politicians to say ‘gay sex is a sin’, a survey from the Christian Institute has found.

The survey was in response to the public backlash facing Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron, who was hounded for his views on homosexuality, after he was felt to have been ‘evasive’ on whether he thought gay sex was a sin. The research, carried out by ComRes, found the majority of people support the right of politicians with traditional views to express them.

Responding to the statement, ‘If a politician believes that gay sex is a sin, they should be free to express it’, two-thirds of Brits (64 per cent) agreed, while just one-third (32 per cent) disagreed.

The poll found little variation across age groups, with 62 per cent of 18-24 year olds, 67 per cent of 45-54 year olds, and 69 per cent of pensioners in agreement. There was some variation between the sexes, however, with as many as 7 out of 10 men (73 per cent) and 55 per cent of women agreeing with the statement.

Colin Hart, director of the Christian Institute commented: ‘The intolerance shown towards a politician, just because he was thought to believe that gay sex is wrong, is deeply troubling. The poll shows Mr Farron needn’t have worried. Most voters think politicians should be free to speak on such matters’.

Readers should pray that Mr Farron will yet be enabled to make plain to voters that gay sex, and the desire to indulge it, are alike sinful, as the Bible teaches.