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High Court challenge to ban on gay "cure" ad


A ban on a bus advertisement claiming that homosexuality can be "cured" is to be challenged today in the High Court.

The ad was pulled by London Mayor Boris Johnson and Transport for London last year who argued that it would cause offence

The Christian group Core Issues Trust, which exists to help people to change their sexuality, submitted the ad which read: "Not Gay. Ex-Gay, Post-Gay and Proud. Get over it!"

The wording of the ad was intended as a response to gay rights group Stonewall's bus and poster campaign: "Some people are gay. Get over it." (pictured)

In a statement the Trust's Director Doctor Mike Davidson said: "This is all about being free to talk about these issues. It was a mistake to assume these views we were expressing came from entrenched homophobia, and failed to recognise that people who want to walk away from their homosexual feelings are a group in their own right."

The Trust is asking the High Court to overturn the ban on the grounds that the Mayor and Transport for London have unlawfully restricted free speech,

If the High Court overturns the ban then Transport for London will be obliged to run the campaign on 24 of their buses.

 

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