U.K. Judge OKs Job Demotion for Anti-Gay Facebook Remarks
A judge has ruled that Adrian Smith, a housing worker in Manchester, England, cannot use human rights arguments in his case against his employer who demoted him because of anti-gay comments he made on his Facebook account.
In October 2011, the Catholic Herald reported that Smith was demoted because of remarks he made on his Facebook account. He suggested that marriage should only be between a man and a woman and his employer, Trafford Housing Trust, said Smith breached the company’s "code of conduct."
Smith posted a link on his Facebook page to a BBC article titled, "Gay church marriages get go ahead" and said "an equality too far." One of Smith’s coworkers commented on the article and asked, "Does this mean you don’t approve?"
"I don’t understand why people who have no faith and don’t believe in Christ would want to get hitched in church," Smith replied. "The Bible is quite specific that marriage is for men and women. If the state wants to offer civil marriage to the same sex then that is up to the state; but the state shouldn’t impose its rules on places of faith and conscience".
Smith’s employer soon got wind of the remarks and quickly demoted him from his position as housing manager, which resulted in a 40 percent pay decrease, the Charisma News reported.
Although District Judge Charles Khan at Manchester County Court ruled that Smith cannot use human rights arguments in his case against the Trafford Housing Trust, Smith will still seek legal action and argue that the company is in breach of contract.