22 March 2013

Stonewall responds to High Court judgement in bus adverts case

Mayor's ban on anti-gay ads ruled 'justified and proportionate'

The High Court today ruled that the Mayor of London's decision to ban anti-gay bus adverts last year was 'justified and proportionate'. Stonewall Chief Executive Ben Summerskill said: ‘Many people will be pleased by today’s decision. Had these voodoo “gay cure” adverts appeared in the pages of the Spectator or the Daily Telegraph it’s unlikely there would have been complaints. But in a city where over half of gay young people face bullying at school, and where tens of thousands of gay people are subjected to hate crimes every year just because of the way they were born, it’s perfectly proper for a mayor to object to the use of such advertising in an iconic public setting.’

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