The two men hoping to be the UK’s next prime minister have both backed LGBT lessons in schools.
Speaking at the weekend hustings event at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall, Conservative MPs Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson came out in support of the Birmingham schools which have been at the centre of a row over the teaching of equality lessons.
Mr Hunt said that being gay was, like being left-handed, “something you are born with, it is not something you can choose, it is not something you can change, so we have to recognise that every child needs to understand that.”
He added: “As Conservatives we always trust parents and there is a tension here - but we have to respect the rights of children too…this is a society that is colour blind and also completely blind to people’s sexuality. That is a great social advance that we have made, and we must defend it.”
Mr Johnson said: “People should be allowed to choose who they love,” adding, “I was one of three rebel politicians fighting for equal marriages, and I have always believed that we should be in favour of inclusion.
“Schools should be asked to reflect the world as it is and, to be reasonable, that's the way things are now.
“I don't approve of children being taken out of school.”
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