Passengers on a bus in northern England were left fuming after the driver refused to board over a gay rights advert on the side of the double-decker.
Travellers waited 20 minutes on the X78 bus from Rotherham to Sheffield while the homophobic driver locked horns with other members of staff and commuters.
The incident at Rotherham Interchange came about because the unnamed employee objected to a banner by UK-based equality charity Stonewall which read: ‘Some people are gay. Get over it!’
Passenger Rebecca Neill, from Herringthorpe, South Yorkshire, told The Daily Mail newspaper that another First UK Bus employee apologized to customers and informed them that the driver was offended by the billboard because he is a Christian.
‘I just thought it was disgusting,’ the 25-year-old said.
The service resumed when the next scheduled bus arrived and the drivers swapped places.
She added: ‘He’s a bus driver. He’s going to come across all sorts of people. Does he seriously think he has never had a gay person on his bus?’
A spokesman from Stonewall said: ‘Passengers in Rotherham can rightly expect bus drivers to do the job they pay them to do – drive buses.
‘If they are unwilling to, perhaps they should look for another job.’
A spokesman for the First bus group told Gay Star News they have spoken to the driver in question.
‘The matter has now been resolved and has not been repeated,’ he said.
All First drivers undergo social diversity training and we strive to ensure all our staff do not discriminate on range of criteria, including sexuality, race, disability and age.
We would like to apologise to any customers that were affected during this isolated incident.’
Stonewall’s bus adverts sparked fury from extremist Christians when they were launched in April.
Homophobic groups Anglican Mainstream and the Core Issues Trust launching a counter campaign by running an anti-gay banner on London buses.
However, the plans were blocked by the Mayor of London.