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Strathclyde fireman wins 'landmark' case

Fire EngineA Roman Catholic fireman from Glasgow has won his legal battle against his bosses after he was punished for refusing to take part in a ‘gay pride’ march.

John Mitchell was one of nine firemen who were ordered against their will to take part in the event, Pride Scotia, in 2006.

Instead of bowing to pressure to take part in the rally, they handed out fire safety leaflets to members of the public on a nearby street.

The men, all from Glasgow’s Cowcaddens fire station, were then punished by their employers Strathclyde Fire and Rescue.

The nine firemen remained on written warnings and were ordered to undergo diversity training.

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Christian Institute, 20/01/2009

Editor 22/01/2009 18:13
A Christian fireman who was disciplined for refusing to attend a gay pride march has won an apology and compensation from his employers.

John Mitchell, 37, took a stance on moral grounds as one of nine firefighters who disobeyed orders to hand out leaflets at the event in Glasgow.

The Roman Catholic father-of-four received a written warning and was ordered to undergo "diversity training".

He and his colleagues on Red Watch at Cowcaddens fire station in Glasgow refused to attend the Pride Scotia rally in June 2006.

Some said it would be embarrassing for them to attend the march in uniform, while others claimed it conflicted with their beliefs.

They argued that they should not be aligned to any cause and said they were being used to attract more homosexual, lesbian and transgender firefighters in an effort to portray the fire brigade as a "gay friendly".

One of the men, a watch manager, was demoted and lost an estimated £5,000 from his salary. His position was later reinstated after an appeal.

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