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Christians accused of homophobia
Wyre Borough Council
The pair questioned Wyre Council's bid to improve equality
A retired couple were accused of being homophobic after they sent a letter to their local council objecting to what they saw as its pro-gay stance.

Joe Roberts 73, and his wife Helen, 68, of Fleetwood, Lancashire, wrote to Wyre Borough Council complaining at their bid to promote awareness of gay issues.

The devout Christians said the council was "pandering" to minority groups and said they felt discriminated against.

Police questioned the couple but decided no crime had been committed.

The pair had questioned the council's bid to improve equality, part of which would see gay lifestyle magazines distributed around staff areas.

If gay people made the decision not to think gay, they would not act gay
Joe Roberts
Mr Roberts had asked if the council would display Christian leaflets, and was told all applications would be considered, but nothing that would offend minority groups would be approved.

He said in his letter: "If gay people made the decision not to think gay, they would not act gay.

"Whatever they are giving their attention to will eventually mould them into its image."

A Lancashire Police spokesman said: "As a matter of routine, a police officer attended an address in Fleetwood to make further inquiries and to establish whether any crime had been or was likely to be committed.

"As a result of those inquiries, words of suitable advice were given and we will not be taking any further action.

"Hate crime is a very serious matter and all allegations must be investigated thoroughly."

A council spokeswoman added: "We received a telephone call and letter from Mr and Mrs Roberts.

"Some of the wording in the letter was clearly inappropriate and so it was decided to consult the police on suitable action."

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