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Simon Hughes ‘more gay-friendly’ than Lib Dem deputy leader rival

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  1. Well done Simon

  2. Tim Roll-Pickering 5 Jun 2010, 8:24pm

    Tim Farron has addressed his voting record directly on Liberal Democrat voice:

    “I’ll do a proper post on here soon – but i just want to scotch all this homophobia rubbish. I voted against two bits of the Equalities Act because I take a rather extreme liberal view on free speech – if I remember rightly I took the same stance on the issue as Peter Tatchell who is not, so far as I am aware, a homophobe! I just don’t think that we should force religious groups to amend their rules to suit everyone else and I also don’t think that offence should be grounds for restriction. That’s why, for instance, I also voted for the abolition of the blasphemy laws. I’ve had a go at they work for you at my designation on this issue which is appallingly misleading but they won’t change it. As Andy suggests, I would of course have supported equal age of consent and civil partnerships had I been in the House at the time. So there you are.”

    (Disclaimer: I am not a Lib Dem and have no desire to be one.)

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