Last year, the gay advocacy group Stonewall ran ads on 1,000 London buses that read: “Some People Are Gay. Get Over It!”
In response, Core Issues Trust, a Christian ministry, had planned to run advertisements that read: “Not Gay! Ex-Gay, Post-Gay and Proud. Get Over It!”
According to The Telegraph, London Mayor Boris Johnson banned Core Issues Trust’s advertising that included “ex-gays” because it was offensive to the gay community and could spark a backlash (video below).
Core Issues Trust has now asked Britain’s High Court to force London Mayor Boris Johnson to put anti-gay ads on the city’s buses.
“The advertisement breached [Transport for London] advertising policy as in our view it contained a publicly controversial message and was likely to cause widespread offense to members of the public,” a Transport for London spokesperson told the The Telegraph.
“The advertisements indirectly advocated the possibility that some individuals benefit from sexual re-orientation therapy and as men and women who voluntarily seek change in sexual preference and expression, should be respected in their choices to seek help in this way,” Core Issues Trust said in a statement on Sunday.
Core Issues Trust Director Dr. Mike Davidson, who describes himself as “ex-homosexual,” claimed that Transport for London breached a contract because Johnson intervened just hours before the ads were set to run.
“We were trying to reflect the fact that their are many different realities in terms of sexual identity with respect to same-sex attraction,” Davidson explained in a video (below) that the group posted to YouTube.
“Some people have same-sex attractions, but they don’t identify with this idea of gay, a socio-political construct. Other people are ex-gay; they have had homosexual experience, but they have moved away from it. And still others would refer to themselves as post-gay because they’ve been through it but they’ve moved beyond it.
“In a truly democratic society, people should be free to choose to change their behavior and move away from homosexual behavior if they wish. The possibility that a section of the public will take ‘offense’ to a particular viewpoint is not a legitimate ground for restricting freedom of expression. The concept is simply being used by the State to censor opposing views and obliterate debate in the public sphere.”
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Source: The Telegraph