New Zealand’s new prime minister renounced her faith when she was in her twenties in favour of equal rights for LGBT people.
Pledging to be a progressive leader, after forming a government earlier this week, Jacinda Ardern, who at 37 will be the world’s youngest female leader, said she would build a “fairer, better” version of her country.
“We aspire to be a government for all New Zealanders and one that will seize the opportunity to build a fairer, better New Zealand,” she said.
Ms Ardern, whose Labour Party will form a coalition with NZ First and the Green party, spoke out about her passion for equality during her election campaign.
Speaking to the New Zealand Herald, she said she left the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in her early twenites as the church’s views on gay rights clashed with her own.
The Mormon church has long-held conservative views towards LGBT rights.
“For a lot of years, I put it …