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'

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

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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.

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