'Gay cure' group's London bus adverts banned
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Added: Sat, 14 Apr 2012 01:27:33 UTC
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An advertising campaign backed by a Christian group which has been described as anti-gay has been pulled from London buses.
The ads were paid for by the Core Issues Trust, which has been accused of promoting the idea of therapy to change sexual orientation.
Transport for London (TfL) confirmed the adverts had been been scrapped after complaints.
Core Issues Trust described the move as censorship.
TfL said the adverts did not reflect a "tolerant and inclusive" London.
A spokeswoman said: "The adverts are not currently running on any London buses and they will not do so."
'Clearly offensive' From 1 April, 1,000 London buses have been carrying adverts from Stonewall promoting equal marriage with the slogan "Some people are gay. Get over it!"
Its spokeman Andy Wasley said: "It is fantastic that no adverts will be promoting 'voodoo, gay-cure therapy' in London."
An updated link from Daniel Williams
Banned gay bus ad group looks at legal action against TfL
A Christian group which had its advertisement pulled from London buses after it was described as anti-gay has said it is considering legal action. Anglican Mainstream has instructed a law firm to look at whether Transport for London (TfL) acted illegally when it scrapped the adverts.
It said it wanted to know what happened to its contract with TfL for the ads, which implied people could be "ex-gay".
TfL said the advert was not consistent with its commitment to a tolerant city.
The adverts were paid for by the Core Issues Trust which is working in partnership with Anglican Mainstream on a campaign to support "men and women with homosexual issues who voluntarily seek change in sexual preference and expression".
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