Adrian Smith, a 54 year-old Christian property manager, was demoted and took a 40 percent pay cut, when he wrote on a private Facebook page that he disagreed with a proposed law to allow same-sex union ceremonies to be conducted in churches.
Writing on his own page, which was not available to the public, Smith wrote that the move was “an equality too far.”
“The Bible is quite specific that marriage is for men and women,” Smith wrote. “If the State wants to offer civil marriages to the same sex then that is up to the State; but the State shouldn’t impose its rules on places of faith and conscience.”
His employer, the Trafford Housing Trust (THT), of Manchester, called him in to a disciplinary meeting and found him guilty of “gross misconduct.” The trust told Smith the only reason he was not being sacked outright was his 18 years of faultless service.
Addison, a practicing barrister and the author of a textbook on hate crimes legislation, said, “When I was a child, people in England used to say ‘I can say what I like, it’s a free country’. That is certainly no longer the case in Britain today.”
“The Adrian Smith case is only the latest and possibly the most extreme example of the fact that British public bodies have ceased to have any respect whatsoever for the principle of freedom of speech.” [source]