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Man demoted for Facebook comments wins case

Friday - 11/16/2012, 12:45pm  ET

LONDON (AP) - Britain's High Court has ruled that a Christian was unfairly demoted for posting his opposition to gay marriage on Facebook.

Adrian Smith was stripped of his management position with the Trafford Housing Trust in northwest England and had his salary cut by 40 percent after posting that gay weddings in churches were "an equality too far."

The trust said Smith broke its code of conduct by expressing religious or political views that might upset co-workers.

But High Court judge Michael Briggs ruled Friday that Smith had been "taken to task for doing nothing wrong" and found his employer guilty of breach of contract.

Smith says he is glad the court had backed the principle that "Britain is a free country where people have freedom of speech."


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