A Christian who was demoted for claiming gay marriage was an ‘equality too far’ won his legal battle against his Trafford employers today.
Bolton-born Adrian Smith, 55, had his salary cut by 40% and lost his managerial position at Trafford Housing Trust over his comments regarding gay marriage in February 2011.
The comments were not available to the general public and not posted during work hours.
But the Trust argued the comments were against their code of conduct because they were views that might upset co-workers.
However, Mr Smith claimed the trust had acted unlawfully in demoting him.
Mr Justice Biggs agreed and ruled at London High Court that the Trust had acted unlawfully in demoting him.
“Mr Smith was taken to task for doing nothing wrong, and suspended and subjected to a disciplinary procedure, which wrongly found him guilty of gross misconduct,” he said.
“The breach of contract which the Trust thereby committed was serious and repudiatory.”
Mr Smith said in a statement: “I am pleased to have won my case for breach of contract today. The judge exonerated me and made clear that my comments about marriage were in no way ‘misconduct’.
“Britain is a free country, where people have freedom of speech. I am pleased that the judge’s ruling underlines that important principle.
“But this sad case should never have got this far – long ago, Trafford Housing Trust should have held their hands up and admitted they made this terrible mistake.”