Mother on run with children amid custody battle with wife claims authorities ‘blinded’ by gay rights

A woman who left her wife and went on the run with their daughter amid a custody battle has claimed that the authorities have been “blinded” by gay rights.

Lauren Etchells, a teacher originally from north east England, is accused of child abduction and police have ordered an international hunt.

Now the 31-year-old has come forward to describe why she left her marriage to Tasha Brown and justifying the reasons for leaving their home in Canada with their two-year-old daughter Kaydance and her baby son.