Anorak | Rotherham man refuses to drive bus with gay rights advert on it

Rotherham man refuses to drive bus with gay rights advert on it

by | 18th, November 2012

THE driver of the First Group bus has refused to operate the vehicle with the Gay Rights sticker down the side. The message, created and paid for by Stonewall, reads: “Some people are gay. Get over it!”  Passengers for the X78 from Rotherham to Sheffield were forced to wait while another driver was found.

Says First Group:

We are aware of an incident involving one of our drivers refusing to drive a bus at Rotherham Interchange. We have spoken to the driver in question and the matter has now been resolved. We would like to apologise to any customers that were affected during this isolated incident.”

Stonewall information officer Louise Kelly adds:

“Passengers in Rotherham can rightly expect bus drivers to do the job they pay them to do – drive buses. If they are unwilling to, perhaps they should look for another job.”

Only, passengers don’t pay the driver, the bus company does. And Stonewall must be delighted. An advert on a bus in the provinces is now a national story. Good for them. People are different. Get over it.

It does, however, make us wonder if the bus driver has a point. Is the bus an extension of his uniform? If so, adverts on it are adverts on him. In 2008, atheists hired pace on London buses. Their slogan

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