Potential new UK Prime Minister Andrea Leadsom will ‘roll the clock back’ on same-sex marriage and LGBTI equality, Yvette Cooper has warned.
The British Labour Party politician and Member of Parliament for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford has said the potential new Conservative leader and Prime Minister could repeal the equal marriage law.
It comes as Theresa May, as well as Leadsom, were declared the top two candidates to lead the Conservative party yesterday (7 July) after David Cameron’s resignation.
‘I am particularly worried about Andrea Leadsom’s views,’ Cooper said.
‘I think the views she has said about equal marriage are really quite dangerous and depressing and I am worried she will want to roll the clock back in so many ways.’
She added: ‘There are many things I disagree with Theresa May on, she did support equal marriage and she is the only serious Tory candidate to be Prime Minister at the moment.
‘I will strongly argue against her on many things every single day of the week but I think it would be really bad if Andrea Leadsom became Prime Minister.’
During the week of campaigning, Leadsom spoke out against same-sex marriage.
Speaking to ITV News, she said: ‘I would have preferred for civil partnerships to be available to heterosexual and gay couples and for marriage to have remained as a Christian service that was for men and women who wanted to commit in the eyes of God.’
Leadsom said while ‘the love of same-sex couples is every bit as valuable as that of opposite sex couples’ she ‘didn’t really like the legislation’ passed by outgoing Prime Minister David Cameron in 2013.
She said there had been ‘very clear hurt caused to many Christians who felt marriage in the Church can only be between a man and a woman’.
Rather than voting against the 2013 Bill, she abstained by voting both ways. During the debate, she felt opposite-sex marriages would be ‘undermined’ by same-sex marriages.
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