Christian groups are angry at London mayor Boris Johnson for refusing to run advertisements promoting reparative therapy on city buses.
But Johnson counters the ads, produced by the Core Issues Trust, are offensive and could potentially spark retaliation against Christians. He’s not wrong: The posters said “Not Gay! Ex-Gay, Post-Gay and Proud. Get over it!”
They were produced in response to a Stonewall campaign that had banners readings “Some people are gay. Get over it!” on buses.
Members of thee trust are going to court, claiming the refusal abridges their right to free speech. The High Court will review the decision, made by Transport for London, on Thursday.
“This is all about being free to talk about these issues,” says ex-gay activist Mike Davidson. “It was a mistake to assume these views we were expressing came from entrenched homophobia, and failed to recognize that people who want to walk away from their homosexual feelings are a group in their own right.”