Andrea Leadsom linked to Ugandan ‘gay cure’ group
Andrea Leadsom has been linked to a gay “cure” group in Uganda, with which she helped organise an exchange project.
BuzzFeed reports that Mrs Leadsom has organised an exchange project for schools for the past decade.
An organisation involved in the exchange attempts to “cure” the sexual orientations of gay people, and the founder of which has said gay love is “a sin”.
The Discovery Centre in Uganda is attended by UK students, and is a co-venture between a UK charitable trust run by Richard Johnson and Youth With a Mission (YWAM).
A Californian pastor founded YWAM, an evangelical organisation which has in the promoted anti-gay messaging, and has recommended “gay cure” organisations.
Speaking in Parliament in 2013, Mrs Leadsom said the Discovery Centre was a “fantastic youth centre”.
A “Kompassion Ministry” in Amsterdam, run by YWAM, “help[s] broken people … who struggle with their unwanted homosexual orientation”.
Mrs Leadsom has said this week that she “doesn’t like” the legislation that brought about equal marriage and would have preferred it if gay couples only had civil partnerships.
The MP for South Northamptonshire, had ‘positively abstained’ on the issue in 2013, voting both for and against same-sex marriage.
Theresa May has maintained a commanding lead in the race to succeed David Cameron as Prime Minister – with Justice Secretary Michael Gove eliminated from the running by Mrs Leadsom.