Trust ‘denied Christian right to free speech’

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A Christian who was demoted in his job for posting his opposition to gay marriage on Facebook only expressed his views like anyone might do in a pub with friends, a court heard yesterday.

Adrian Smith lost his managerial position and had his salary cut by 40 per cent by Trafford Housing Trust (THT) after posting that gay weddings in churches were “an equality too far”.

He has taken his employers to Manchester County Court claiming they acted unlawfully in demoting him.

He claims THT breached his employment contract and interfered with his right to free speech and his case is being supported by the Christian Institute, a civil liberties charity.

Mr Justice Briggs reserved his judgment.