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Christian group considers legal action after ‘ex-gay’ ads banned from London buses

Saturday, April 14, 2012

LONDON — At least one of two conservative Christian groups whose planned ads promoting “ex-gay” therapy were pulled from London buses because transport authority said they were “intolerant,” said they are now considering legal action.

Anglican Mainstream, a traditionalist Christian coalition, and Core Issues Trust – a counseling group which practices controversial “reorientation” therapy – announced on Thursday that they had booked advertising space promoting the idea that people can become “post-gay” through therapy.

Stonewall’s “Some people are Gay. Get over it!” ad campaign.

But the Transport for London (TfL) told the British press corps this week that the “Some People are Ex-Gay! Get Over it!” ads booked by Anglican Mainstream and the Core Issues Trust, would not be permitted anywhere on Transport’s network.

“We don’t believe these ads reflect TfL’s commitment to a tolerant and inclusive London,” the TfL said.

The “ex-gay” campaign was an effort to counter advertisements taken out by the gay rights group Stonewall earlier this month as part of the campaign supporting same-sex marriage.

The Stonewall ads emblazoned the message, “Some people are Gay. Get over it!” across London’s famed buses.

On Friday, Anglican Mainstream said it has engaged a law firm to look at whether TfL acted illegally when it scrapped the adverts.

TfL said the advertisement was not consistent with its commitment to a tolerant city.

London mayoral candidates also weighed in, with incumbent Tory Boris Johnson, telling the media: “London is one of the most tolerant cities in the world and intolerant of intolerance. It is clearly offensive to suggest that being gay is an illness that someone recovers from and I am not prepared to have that suggestion driven around London on our buses.”

Labour’s candidate Ken Livingstone said the “ex-gay” ads “promote a falsehood, the homophobic idea of ‘therapy’ to change the sexual orientation of lesbians and gay men. The adverts are insulting to LGBT Londoners and damaging for everyone who believes London is the greatest city in the world because of its tolerance.”

Liberal Democrat Mayoral candidate Brian Paddick said, “From personal experience as a gay Christian, I can tell you that it’s much better to be out than in. We should be celebrating the diversity for which London is known for, not denegrating it.”

In an email statement to LGBTQ Nation, Stonewall Chief Executive Ben Summerskill said, “It’s sad that any self-styled ‘Christian’ group promotes voodoo ‘gay cure therapy,’ which has been discredited by the BACP, the UK’s leading professional body for counseling psychotherapists.”

“Life would be much easier if these organizations just admitted that they don’t like gay people,” Summerskill said.

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47 more reader comments:

  1. just wtf are they gonna do lmao

    Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 9:10pm
  2. No such thing as EX-GAY.

    Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 9:10pm
  3. ^ This. Plus I’m really relieved that those ads were removed from the buses.

    Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 9:11pm
  4. I’m gonna take ads out for Ex-hetero!!

    Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 9:11pm
  5. ex gay? seriously? when will the anti gay bullshit end? sickening!

    Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 9:11pm
  6. So, true once ur gay ur gay.. U were born to be gay!! I tried to get 1 of my sister to understand that…

    Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 9:12pm
  7. Jen FTW

    Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 9:12pm
  8. If you think about it ads for cigarettes have been banned in magazines and who knows where else because it’s bad for your health. Ex-gay “therapy” is also bad for your health, so why shouldn’t it be banned? Wishing the US would follow suit and shut some of these loons up.

    Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 9:13pm
  9. as a wise person once said, “Jesus, save me from your followers”

    Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 9:13pm
  10. can we have anti christian adds…at this point I’m thinking the devil might be kinder than these people.

    Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 9:13pm
  11. Don’t know UK law but they would lose in US

    Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 9:14pm
  12. What is this, America? C’mon!

    Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 9:15pm
  13. Let em take it to court! “Reparative therapy” for homosexuality is widely known as useless at best, and very damaging much of the time. I’m so sick of ignorance and hate being cloaked in “religious rights.”

    Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 9:16pm
  14. So much love for London right now. <3

    Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 9:18pm
  15. What a bunch of assholes. Glad those ads were pulled. Don’t think you can pull intolerant shit and get away with it.

    Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 9:18pm
  16. I agree with Tammy. Let them sue, so the bastards have to testify under oath about their methods.

    Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 9:19pm
  17. HAHAHA! Gotta love London and Canada. This nonsense is considered hate speech and intolerant and is not allowed. The beauty of science and fact trumps ignorance and hate.

    Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 9:20pm
  18. Yes and how would you feel if we put ‘ex-christian groups’ up on buses? I mean seriously you may have you’re personal opinions about gays but no need to go public and humiliate them. If you respect them, they’ll respect you and you’re beliefs.

    Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 9:20pm
  19. love those buses!!! I wanna shake their hands and say thank you

    Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 9:20pm
  20. Its a CROCK OF CRAP, XGAY, We have one of those in our family, Southern Baptist, picked up a trick in Wilmington, NC, next thing he stopped talking to us, next he was a Southern Baptist, now he is doing the nasty with his well off DADDY in Hickory, NC. NEAL BOLICK teaches school, once him and his partner (chaperone) picked up a male flight attendant on a School trip. X Gay ad’s are a contradiction in what GOD MAKES YOU! FALSE ADVERTISING!

    Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 9:21pm
  21. ^ who the what now?

    Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 9:27pm
  22. Stupid Christians.

    Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 9:28pm
  23. something my sister would do… she thinks we’re being lead by the devil by being gay D:<

    Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 9:31pm
  24. The sad thing is, if this were in the US, they ads might win. Free speech, and freedom of religion, as well as free press would all be on their side. There is definitely some freedom if intolerance inherent in those things.

    Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 9:31pm
  25. Yeah Leslie Marbach has a point, free speech is one thing, but it’s not good to have advertising that gives people psychological problems. It’s like secondhand smoke for your brain.

    Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 9:31pm
  26. i cant wait to watch the catholics, christians & baptists rot in hell while im w/ my man in heven. religion ic the cause of all wars, why should we be any differnt

    Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 9:31pm
  27. We want the right to advertise on public buses a repudiation of other human beings simply because they do not fit in our narrow view of what humans should be. Oh, please. Jesus is crying.

    Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 9:39pm
  28. Ex-gay? Ahahahahah, yeah right! Denial is the worst….

    Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 9:41pm
  29. I love the “Pray Away the Gay” thing, it’s like “Pray Away the Blue Eyes” or “Pray Away the Color of Your Skin,” we are what we are and because of their narrowed life views, they think they can pray away anything, it’s repulsive.

    Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 9:47pm
  30. Remember when people tried to promote business and commerce using advertising instead of their own political agenda? So you hate gays….. OK, get over it. A bus is not the place for that. This is something that the KKK would do, so I guess that means that the Christian group agrees with the KKK.

    Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 9:48pm
  31. I think thats great, waste that money! dip shits!

    Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 9:48pm
  32. WTF

    Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 9:53pm
  33. These people have as much right to express their beliefs as we in the gay community do, however odious I personally find their beliefs and messages to be; reverse discrimination by the gay community is as wrong as discrimination against the gay community.

    Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 9:54pm
  34. The money they spend paying attorneys they can buy their own billboard trucks and ride around London like idiots! Stupid people! Some people don’t know how to use the sense that the good Lord gave then. Those attorneys will be laughing at those idiots all the way to the bank!

    Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 9:54pm
  35. Perhaps we can ban the “Christians” from the buses.

    Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 10:04pm
  36. I guess those who claim that ex gay therapy works must know from experience . Bunch of closeted repressed homosexuals is what they are!

    Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 10:55pm
  37. Is there a therapy to make people Ex-Christians???? I would support that!

    Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 11:02pm
  38. Pray away the hatred.

    Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 11:33pm
  39. I sure hope that all the positive n validating work that is being done is not undone by Obama selecting conservative Supreme Court judges if he is reelected or Romney will place his ultra conservative Supreme Court judges, either way every great step achieved forward could setback LGBTQ n may never recover….elect someone other than a Democrat/Rep.

    Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 11:55pm
  40. Bring it on! Let’s look under some of these rocks.

    Posted on Sunday, April 15, 2012 at 3:22am
  41. EX CHRISTIAN,EX STRAIGHT,SAW THE LIGHT,GET OVER IT

    Posted on Sunday, April 15, 2012 at 4:16am
  42. I think scientists all over London should sue to teach science in churches.

    Posted on Sunday, April 15, 2012 at 5:18am
  43. i believe this is all the work of boris johnson to get our votes! truley its so suspicious!

    Posted on Sunday, April 15, 2012 at 6:36am
  44. leave it along

    Posted on Sunday, April 15, 2012 at 6:47am
  45. ex-gay = in denile

    Posted on Sunday, April 15, 2012 at 8:20am
  46. I hate to say it, but they have the right to those ads.

    Posted on Sunday, April 15, 2012 at 9:07am
  47. Fekking Xtians need to monitor THEMSELVES!!!!

    Posted on Sunday, April 15, 2012 at 11:38am