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In Britain a Christian who was demoted at work and given a pay cut after expressing his opposition to gay marriage on Facebook has won a High Court case against his employers.

Adrian Smith was given a final written warning after posting that gay weddings in churches were "an equality too far".

Despite the comments not being visible to the public the trust said he broke its code of conduct by expressing religious or political views which might upset co-workers.

Salary cut

He lost his managerial position and had his salary cut by 40%  by the Trafford Housing Trust.

Mike Judge from the Christian Institute read out a statement outside the London High Court on behalf of Mr. Smith.

He said the case should have never gone this far.

"Long ago, Trafford Housing Trust should have held their hands up and admitted they had made a terrible mistake" he said.

"Had they done this, my life would not have been turned upside down, and my family and I would not have had to endure a living nightmare" he added.

Mr. Justice Briggs ruled in his favour saying the trust did not have a right to demote Mr. Smith as his Facebook postings did not amount to misconduct and was a breach of contract.


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