UK Christian charity loses ‘gay cure’ case
A UK Christian charity, Core Issues Trust, has been ordered to pay £100,000 in court costs this week after losing an appeal against a ban imposed on a ‘gay cure’ campaign it intended running on London buses.
According to Andrea Williams’ Christian Legal Centre, CIT instigated the case after the advert – a response to Stonewall’s “Some People are Gay. Get over It” campaign – was banned at the last minute in 2012 following the intervention of Transport for London and London Mayor Boris Johnson.
Sitting in the Court of Appeal, Lord Justice Sullivan yesterday refused permission to appeal the case.
CIT now faces a demand to pay £100,000 in costs to Transport for London, and is considering its next steps.
The High Court first ruled on the case in 2013 but in 2014 was instructed to re-examine aspects of it by the Court of Appeal.
In July 2014, the High Court again ruled on the case, finding that London Mayor Boris Johnson had not acted unlawfully despite evidence showing that he had been untruthful in his public statements.
The trust said in a statement issued after the ruling that:
The rights of ex-gay persons have been again been trampled by establishment judges. Stonewall promoter Boris Johnson is untouchable: he can say and do what he likes …
The judge says that in claiming credit for the decision to ban the 2012 Core Issues Trust poster, Boris Johnson had been untruthful. But remarkably the judge went on to say that Mr Johnson’s ‘puffing to take credit for the decision’ was not unlawful.
Commenting on the case, a defiant Dr Mike Davidson, above, Director of Cores Issues Trust, said:
Neither myself nor the Trust is in a position to pay the exorbitant costs of the Queen’s Counsel, barristers and solicitors which Transport for London has felt able to fund so freely from the public purse.
The case has shown clearly that British officialdom has no regard for the rights of ordinary men and women whose identity is ‘ex-gay’ and whose practice is to leave their homosexual past.
We will not be intimidated or silenced. We shall continue to exercise our right freely to say that homosexual practices are unsafe for individuals, for society, and offensive to our creator God, the Lord Jesus Christ.
We will continue to teach these truths and to support the continual and growing stream of individuals now abandoned by church, state and mental health bodies who express through their lives an unpopular and offensive view clearly intolerant to the British establishment.
The Trust will seek legal advice on the way forward to continue its work and witness.
Hat tip: Angela K