From Cranmer

Yesterday, housing manager Adrian Smith was in court trying to recover his lost earnings because his employer demoted him and slashed his salary by 40 per cent – all because he said on Facebook that gay weddings in churches would be ‘an equality too far’.

For this, Mr Smith was judged to be ‘homophobic’, despite it being the stated position of the Government. For His Grace, he is perfectly content for gay unions to take place in religious buildings, and has said so. If Imran and Sadiq wish to get married in their local mosque, it really ought to be no business of the state to prevent them: ‘religion’ is not established. This must mean that His Grace is not ‘homophobic’. Hallelujah.

Mr Smith made his comment on his personal Facebook page, outside of work time. His page was not visible to the general public. Only his chosen friends, and their friends, could see it. That included some of his work colleagues.

His bosses at Trafford Housing Trust in Manchester charged him with gross misconduct. The only reason he didn’t get fired was that he had been such a good employee over many years.

The press later found out that Trafford Housing Trust took action against Mr Smith because it was, in part, worried that it might lose a gay rights charter award if it didn’t take a tough line.

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