As I write this article the development in the race for the conservative party nomination has reached down to two. The race is now between Theresa May and Andrea Leadsom. Both very qualified women and both champions of equality in the workplace. However, we shouldn’t go jumping on the Andrea Leadsom bandwagon.
The answer is plain and simple, Andrea Leadsom has a terrible record when voting on issues concerning the LGBT+ community. On the main point being the Same Sex Marriage Act of 2013. Andrea was abstaining from the vote. By claiming that “that she found the wording of the legislation unacceptable, and that she wanted to reflect the views of so many of her constituents, who felt that the bill was deeply wrong.
Not to mention the fact that in an interview with ITV Andrea stood by her comments and also said that “The love of same-sex couples is every bit as valuable as opposite-sex couples, I’m absolutely committed to that” and “My own view is that marriage in the Biblical sense, from the many Christians who wrote to me, that it can only be between a man and a woman”.
Another point to worry on is her stance on LGBT adoption. Andrea has said in posts on her personal blog that “straight (heterosexual) people should have priority over homosexual people. In these posts, she told the story of two children who were placed into the care of a gay couple. Despite going against the wishes of the family. In the second post, she suggested a point based system where a married heterosexual couple would automatically have more points over a homosexual civil partnership.
It’s clear that Andrea does not value the LGBT+ community at all. Like most of the conservative party dinosaurs. I hope the members of the party see through her and vote for Theresa May.