London Anti-Gay Group Wants Equal Rights
An anti-gay Christian group in England is accusing London Mayor Boris Johnson of mishandling a ban on anti-gay posters from public transport. The group, which lost its legal battle against Boris, believes the mayor behaved incorrectly.
The Christian Legal Centre has submitted a request under the Freedom of Information Act to see all the documentation involved in the case, according to Gay Star News. The group says the mayor pressured officials into banning the anti-gay ads on the city’s iconic double-decker red busses that read, “Not Gay! Ex-Gay, Post-Gay and Proud. Get Over It!”
The ads were a take on similar ones placed by the British LGBT charity Stonewall. Stonwall’s ads read,
The group claims that Boris’ decision to ban their anti-gay posters is discrimination and infringed on their right to free speech. As mayor of London, Johnson is in charge of Transport for London (TfL), which in turn is responsible for the city’s bus ads.
“Boris is increasingly under pressure for his actions and integrity,” said Andrew Williams, director of the Christian Legal Centre. “This is another example of where he has been expedient as opposed to doing truth and justice.”
Stonewall Executive Chief, Ben Summerskill, refutes the claims against Boris saying that it is completely acceptable for the mayor to say those ads should be banned.
“In a city where over half of gay young people face bullying at school, and where tens of thousands of gay people are subjected to hate crimes every year just because of the way they were born, it’s perfectly proper for a mayor to object to the use of such advertising in an iconic public setting,” Summerskill said.
According to the Telegraph, a TfL spokeswoman said that the advertisements were removed because they breached their advertising policy because it “contained a controversial message and was likely to cause widespread offence to the public.”