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Johnson defends gay-ad ban

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26 April 2012

by Ed Thornton

Heated debate: the Revd George Pitcher (centre) chairs the mayoral debate at St James’s, Piccadilly, on Wednesday evening of last week EVANGELICAL ALLIANCE

Heated debate: the Revd George Pitcher (centre) chairs the mayoral debate at St James’s, Piccadilly, on Wednesday evening of last week EVANGELICAL ALL...

CANDIDATES for Mayor of London addressed a group of several hundred Christians at St James’s, Piccadilly, on Wednesday of last week.

During the hustings, which were organised by the Evangelical Alliance, the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, defended his decision to cancel Anglican Mainstream’s bus-advertisements campaign suggesting that people could become “ex-gay” (News, 20 April). He said that he feared an “intense backlash” against Christians if the adverts had gone ahead.

“The job of a mayor is to stop prejudice, and actually the backlash would have been so intense it would not have been in the interests of Christian people in this city.”

Ken Livingstone, a former mayor, who is standing as the Labour candidate, said that churches were finding it difficult to obtain planning permission for new buildings. If re-elected, he intended amend planning rules in London to say that there should be a presumption in favour of faith communities.

The Liberal Democrat candidate, Brian Paddick, who described himself as “a committed Christian”, said that all faiths in London should be treated “even-handedly”.

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