Christian mother is branded ‘homophobic’ on Twitter for telling gay father his sexuality ‘is a choice’ during debate on LGBT lessons in schools
- Izzy Montague claimed her beliefs prevented her from having gay relationship
- But ITV Good Morning Britain viewers said she is ‘bigoted’ and ‘from the 1500s’
- Gay father Tom Cox insisted that people are born with their sexual preference
- But Ms Montague said: ‘I don’t agree with that… of course I believe it’s a choice’
A Christian mother was today branded ‘homophobic’ after claiming live on TV that being gay is a choice and nobody is born homosexual.
Izzy Montague, of Croydon, South London, claimed during a debate on LGBT lessons in schools that her beliefs prevented her from having a gay relationship.
But she was criticised by some viewers of ITV’s Good Morning Britain, who claimed she was ‘bigoted’ and ‘from the 1500s’ with ‘absolutely disgusting’ views.
Izzy Montague appeared on ITV’s Good Morning Britain today alongside gay father Tom Cox
Gay father Tom Cox, who is a blogger, appeared alongside her on the programme today and insisted that people are born with their sexual preference.
But Ms Montague said: ‘I don’t agree with that you’re born, you know, anything, no. Of course I believe it’s a choice. I’ve made a choice on what I think is right or wrong.
‘I don’t remember ever thinking to myself ‘am I gay, am I straight?’ It’s something that I have done based on how I believe.
‘Even if I was gay, I do personally believe – based on my belief – that I feel that a heterosexual relationship is the right course of action for me.’
Mr Cox added: ‘I think you’re doing a child a disservice by not allowing them to have that education to see that families come in all different shapes and sizes.
‘We live in such a diverse time. Gay people are everywhere, so they’re going to get on a bus and that bus driver is going to be gay.
‘They’re going to be served food in a restaurant by a gay woman, a gay person may be delivering your child’s baby one day. We are everywhere.’
However, Ms Montague then said: ‘What makes you think that my child is going around in a world thinking that nobody is gay?
‘I never said that I would not teach my child. I’m Christian, so we have our own ways of teaching about the world – it’s not about living in a vacuum.
‘It’s not about saying this person doesn’t exist, it’s nothing like that. It’s our opinions of the world around us.
Viewers of the show hosted by Ben Shephard and Kate Garraway were quick to criticise the woman on Twitter, labelling her ‘blatantly homophobic’.
One, Megan Gratton, from Yeovil, Somerset, said: ‘Wow, lost for words with this debate. Who in their right mind would choose to be gay with the amount of hate and abuse they would endure?’
Another said: ‘Wow, this woman’s views are absolutely disgusting to say people who are gay have a choice. The more she talks the more I dislike her. She is blatantly homophobic!’