Department for Education scrambles to explain gay rights "nonsense" tweet

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The Department for Education (DfE) has issued a clarification over a tweet it sent out regarding the teaching of gay rights in schools.

The message said it was "nonsense to say schools must teach gay rights". The message elicited a strong response from gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell who said the tweet was "disgraceful homophobia".

However, the DfE responded with a series of tweets clarifying its position, explaining that schools were not being made to teach gay rights against strong opposition.

The DfE was responding to a Sunday Times interview with Education secretary Nicky Morgan with the headline "Faith schools 'must teach gay rights".

It was not long before politicians weighed in, with outgoing Lib Dem president Tim Farron saying the tweet was "unacceptable."

Labour's shadow Education secretary Tristram Hunt, said:

LGBT rights are British values. DfE must back compulsory sex and relationship education, including LGBT rights.

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