London Mayor Pulls “Offensive” Christian Ads From Public Buses
London mayor Boris Johnson has ordered the removal of anti-gay advertisements that were set to debut on 25 iconic double-decker buses next week. The ads in question said “Not gay! Ex-gay, post-gay and proud. Get over it!”
Johnson, who is a Conservative, had this to say about the advertisements:
The group responsible for the advertisements is the Core Issues Trust which is backed by Anglican Mainstream, an Orthodox Anglican group which has consistently suggested a connection between homosexuality and alcoholism.
Mayor Johnson is currently running for re-election next month against an openly gay candidate, Brian Paddick. When asked about Johnson’s decision to pull the ads 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, not denigrating it.”
(via The Guardian)