New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern left Mormon church to support LGBTQ rights

'I just remember thinking – I’m either doing a disservice to the church or my friends'

Jacinda Ardern

New Zealand’s new prime minister renounced her faith when she was in her twenties in favour of equal rights for LGBTQ people.

- Advertisement -

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.

Photo By Jacinda_Ardern.jpg: Labour Partyderivative work: Avenue (Jacinda_Ardern.jpg) [CC BY-SA 3.0 nz], via Wikimedia Commons