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Christian group loses case against Boris Johnson over anti-gay bus advert ban

By Cathy Gordon

Christian activists have lost a High Court bid for a ruling that London Mayor Boris Johnson was personally responsible for an improper and "politically-motivated" ban on a controversial anti-gay advert on buses.

Campaign group Core Issues Trust (CIT) accused him of an abuse of power and imposing the ban for "the nakedly political purpose of currying favour with gay lobby groups" and boosting his re-election campaign in 2012.

The trust advert that never made it to the sides of buses in the capital read: 'Not Gay! Ex-Gay, Post-Gay and Proud. Get over it!'

It was meant to be a response to posters promoted by lesbian and gay campaigners Stonewall that said: 'Some people are gay. Get over it!' Those did appear on buses.

CIT's judicial review action, brought over Transport for London's April 2012 decision not to allow the advertisment to appear, was dismissed by a judge in London. The CIT advert was condemned by the homosexual community as offensive and psychologically damaging because it suggested gays were "second class citizens" who could be "cured".

CIT said the advert was meant to highlight the fact that "people can change unwanted homosexual feelings".

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