Tim Farron says he does not believe that gay sex is a sin

The leader of the Liberal Democrat party, Tim Farron, has confirmed that he does not believe gay sex to be a sin, saying that even if he did not want to “pontificate on theological issues”, he did not want people to misunderstand their religious beliefs.

Farron, an evangelical Christian, has faced a series of questions about his point of view on the subject in recent days, prompted in an interview two years ago, in which, when asked if homosexuality was a sin, he responded: “We are all sinners.”

During a campaign visit last week, Farron insisted he had been misinterpreted. The idea of homosexuality being a sin “was not a statement that I do, it is something that I request because of my faith,” he told the Guardian.

Speaking to the BBC, Tuesday, Farron said his point of view in addition to stress that he does not believe gay sex itself is a sin.

“I don’t believe that gay sex is a sin,” he said. “I believe that as a political leader my job is not to pontificate on matters of theology. It had become a talking point, a problem, and in this case, if people had the wrong impression of what I think about these questions, then it is something, it is right to correct you.”

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Tim Farron: I do not think that being gay is a sin – video report

Farron said he was wary of mixing religion and politics: “I am very careful about how I speak of my faith, ” he said. “I don’t hit on this topic. I’m not a secret. When I ask me theological questions, I don’t think that many other politicians do get asked, I’ve kind of taken the point of view that it would be better for me to say, it is a question of theological nitpicking – let’s talk about the policy.

“This is why it is really important that I answer clearly today and say, it is not, and I don’t think it is.”

Asked why he had not mentioned before, Farron said that he had not intended to “enter into a series of questions an “unravelling” of the theology of the Bible”, and rejected the idea that he had changed his point of view of the public because of the election.

“I don’t think people want political party leaders to tell them what is and is not a sin,” he said. “Faith is private, and it is up to them to decide how they do these performances. For me, to separate faith and politics means that you should not try to have a comment on these things, and should not try to impose its beliefs on others.”