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Newspaper Ad Attacking Gays OK
 
ONLINE:   FRIDAY APRIL 7, 9:29 PM EST (GMT-5).

From 365gay.com

(Toronto)  The Ontario Human Rights Commission has rejected a complaint over an ad in the Globe and Mail newspaper that attacked gay sex.

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A Toronto man, Philip Shea, launched the complaint claiming the full-page 1998 ad placed by a fundamentalist Christian organization incited hatred and discrimination against gays and lesbians.

Human Rights Commissioner Keith Norton, a former Ontario cabinet minister who is gay, ruled the ad is "highly offensive (but is) an expression of opinion which does not fall within the purview of the (Ontario Human Rights) Code."

Shea says he will ask the commission to reconsider.  His lawyer, Susan Ursel, says the commission has the power to act; "under Section 13 (there is) a prohibition against an announced intention to discriminate."

The ad called gay sex "destructive disorientations" and "conduct which no civilized society embraces as normal in its legislative agenda."