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‘Gay cure’ London bus ban probed by High Court judge

‘Gay cure’ London bus ban probed by High Court judge

A High Court judge is considering whether Boris Johnson banned a ‘gay cure’ advert on London buses in order to secure the gay vote for his re-election.

The Core Issues Trust (CIT), a Christian group that claims people can be ‘ex-gay’ and ‘post-gay’, has accused the London mayor of being one of the ‘political elite [who] is prepared to go to pander to the homosexual agenda’.

The Mayor’s office has rejected the CIT’s claims.

The Court of the Appeal ordered the probe after it said an earlier ruling on the issue was flawed.

Back in April 2012, the CIT wanted to put posters reading ‘Not Gay! Ex-Gay, Post-Gay and Proud. Get over it!’ on the famous red London buses. The posters were in response to gay campaigning charity Stonewall’s own ‘Some People Are Gay. Get Over It!’ campaign.

But a leaked email suggested it was Johnson, not Transport for London’s managing director of marketing and communications Vernon Everitt, who ensured the anti-gay buses were banned.

Andrea Williams, chief executive of Christian Legal Centre, a Christian group supporting the Core Issues Trust, told Gay Star News she believes in free speech and a ‘level playing field’.

‘Stonewall has continued to run ads in defiance of the ban. Either no adverts should run or all adverts should run,’ she said.

Nigel Pleming QC, appearing for both the Mayor and Transport for London, rejected CIT’s accusations.

He said the decision not to permit the adverts was made by Everitt, not Johnson, according to the BBC.

Following the two-day hearing at London’s High Court, the judge said she would need time to consider her verdict.