Boris Johnson under fire from Christian groups over banned “Not Gay!” posters
Boris Johnson has been criticised for failing to respect a Christian group’s right to free speech after the banning of "offensive" posters from London buses.
The adverts, aiming to spread the message that homosexuals can be “reoriented” through prayer and therapy, read “Not Gay! Ex-Gay, Post-Gay, and Proud. Get Over It!”.
The campaign from the Core Issue Trust was devised in response to previous adverts from gay rights group, Stonewall, which issued posters on London buses saying: “Some people are gay. Get over it!"
The Mayor of London will face the claims in a High Court this week, but has already said the adverts were offensive to gays, and said they could even spark retaliation against the wider Christian community.
Meanwhile, Mike Davidson, the head of the Core Issues Trust, said: “This is all about being free to talk about these issues."
A Transport for London spokesman added: “The advertisement breached TfL’s advertising policy as in our view it contained a publicly controversial message and was likely to cause widespread offence to members of the public."