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London Mayor Boris Johnson Wins Court Battle Over Barring Christian 'Ex-Gay' Group's Ads from Buses

A judge has ruled in favor of London Mayor Boris Johnson in a case brought by a Christian group challenging Johnson's decision to ban "gay cure" ads from city buses, the Guardian reports:

Boris-johnsonA judge found on Friday that Boris Johnson did not abuse his position as chairman of Transport for London (TfL) last April when he imposed the ban on the advert, which suggested that people could be cured of homosexuality.

The decision is a defeat for the Core Issues Trust, a Christian charity that funds "reparative therapy" for gay Christians, which it claims can "develop their heterosexual potential". They believe Johnson was "politically driven" when he intervened to block the ad.

The ad posters earmarked for the sides of the capital's buses read: "Not Gay! Ex-Gay, Post-Gay and Proud. Get over it!"

Johnson condemned the "gay cure" ad as "offensive to gays" and said it could lead to retaliation against the wider Christian community.

The judge agreed, though she said that Johnson's process "was procedurally unfair, in breach of its own procedures and demonstrated a failure to consider the relevant issues".

The judge also allowed an appeal, but said she thought it didn't have much of a chance.

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  1. Good for you Boris.

    Posted by: Sylvatica | Mar 22, 2013 11:07:46 AM

  2. Happy though I am that Boris Johnson won this case, I, personally, would have been far happier that rather than relying on the idea that these ads should have been banned on the basis that they were likely to cause widespread offence and further discrimination that it would have been far better to have banned them on the basis that they advocated a so-called 'therapeutic intervention' which is wholly unsupported by any empirical evidence.

    Posted by: Mundus | Mar 22, 2013 11:41:26 AM

  3. And I'm glad that the ads were banned , simply because they advocate the committing of a crimilal offence.....at common law.

    We have always, since time immorial, called that offence "common assault".
    It was given statutory effect in the Offences Against the Person Act, 1861.

    In fact it could be argued that so called Reparative Therapy, which has no scientific basis, could amount to aggravated assault.

    Well done Boris.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Mar 22, 2013 12:10:54 PM

  4. Typos :"criminal", Time immemorial;

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Mar 22, 2013 12:12:06 PM

  5. The judge said he failed to consider the relevant issues? Seems pretty clear he considered them thoroughly.

    Posted by: Bravo | Mar 22, 2013 12:43:22 PM

  6. I agree, the grounds for the ban should be false advertising. I also think in the case of commercial speech it should be perfectly legal (maybe it is) to ban claims purporting to be scientific when those claims have been scientifically discredited.

    Posted by: JJ | Mar 22, 2013 7:27:24 PM

  7. Laws for this sort of thing are no doubt a bit different in the UK than in the US. Their libel and slander standards differ from ours. It's interesting that the "get over it" line from the ad clearly echoes the "We're here, were queer, get over it." Queer Nation slogan from decades ago.

    Posted by: emjayay | Mar 22, 2013 9:04:39 PM

  8. Free speech fail.

    "Ex-Gay, Post-Gay and Proud" makes no claims about the efficacy of reparative therapy. It merely affirms the fact that there are people out there who once identified as gay but who, for whatever reason, no longer do so.

    If some people find that threatening, they need to get over it.

    Posted by: Rationalist | Mar 23, 2013 1:44:47 AM

  9. GREAT! Ex gay is no differnet than Nazi routines. Don't ever fall for those claiming "free speech" in terms of ex gay advertising. They are conservative anti gay bigots and extremely dangerous.

    Posted by: Steve Johansen | Mar 23, 2013 3:10:18 AM

  10. The next frontier for the gay rights movement should be challenging, combating and discrediting the ex gay movement as much as we can and as forceful as we can. The ex gay movement is costing lives! time to finally combat ex gay as a community and I'm thrilled we are!

    Posted by: Kyle | Mar 23, 2013 3:11:33 AM

  11. Great news! ex-gay is a poison. Companies and legislators have every right to ban harmful advertisements as they see fit. EX-GAY mumbo jumbo is vile.

    Posted by: Treck | Mar 23, 2013 3:13:17 AM

  12. I agree that we as an LGBT need to be more fierce in our opposition of this ex gay bull. They are not only hurting gay rights legislation because they often speak at statehouses against gay rights, but they are hurting our youth. The damage of ex gay coalition is not exposed enough, although lately I've been seeing a concentrated effort on the part of our allies to speak against ex gay bull.

    Posted by: Jock505 | Mar 23, 2013 3:16:54 AM

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