Driver refuses to board bus bearing pro-gay ad, stranding passengers

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Passengers in England were left stranded on a bus when the replacement driver refused to board the vehicle because it brandished a pro-gay ad.

The ad, a billboard by the U.K.’s gay advocacy group Stonewall, contains the words, “Some people are gay. Get over it.” The driver said that being associated with a message promoting tolerance for people with same-sex attractions, violated the core of his Christian faith. The driver, who was not named, apparently adheres to a growing fundamentalist Christian movement that has made other people’s sexual behavior the primary focus of their religion.

Britain’s Daily Mail reported that when a replacement driver finally arrived to fill in for the original replacement driver, he told passengers that he also found the advertisement unacceptable to his Christian faith.

Rebecca Neill, a passenger on the bus who was interviewed by the Mail, said, “I just thought it was disgusting. I would never say: ‘I’m not getting on your bus because you believe in God and I don’t.’ He’s a bus driver – he’s going to come across all sorts of people. Does he seriously think he has never had a gay person on his bus?”

'The slogan “Some people are gay. Get over it!,” was developed iby Stonewall n collaboration with 150 secondary school pupils and teachers. The slogan was originally launched in 2007 as part of a campaign to tackle homophobic bullying in schools. 

A spokesman for the group that oversees bus drivers apologized for the incident and said it was under investigation.