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Decision by London Transport to carry pro-gay adverts on buses threatens to re-activate legal proceedings

In previous editions of the Update, we referred to a judicial review brought on behalf of a Christian organisation. The challenge related to a decision by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, to refuse to allow London buses to carry adverts that claimed gay people could be ‘cured’. These adverts were modelled on the Stonewall pro-gay advert: ‘Some people are gay. Get over it’.

The High Court upheld the Mayor’s decision to ban the adverts. However that decision is currently subject to appeal. The appeal itself is scheduled to be heard at the start of December 2013.

It would seem that Transport for London have allowed the Stonewall adverts to be carried across London buses, despite no final resolution having been reached in the original court proceedings. This has prompted a Christian organisation to lodge an urgent judicial review.