Liverpool has become the first city in the UK to carry a homosexual rainbow emblem on some of its street signs, despite other councils banning Christian symbols.
The street signs that carry the emblem will be used on Stanley Street, Cumberland Street, Temple Lane, Eberle Street and Temple Street.
Liverpool City councillor, Nick Small said: “The new signs clearly show that we are recognising where the LGBT scene is based in the city and that it is a very important part of our city life.”
The city’s enthusiasm to promote the emblem stands in contrast to other local councils that have banned Christian symbols from public display.
Camden Council in North London told a church group that it could not advertise an event on religion and climate change unless it removed words like ‘Christian’ and ‘God’ from the text.
Staff at Salisbury Council were told not to use the phrase “singing from the same hymn sheet” when talking to people because the religious reference might offend atheists.
A Sunday School teacher was told she could not advertise a church children’s event at her local library in Brighton because it ‘promotes religion’.
Bideford Town Council in Devon is currently being sued by the National Secular Society because it says prayers at the start of council meetings – a practice that dates back to the days of Queen Elizabeth I.
The Christian Institute’s Mike Judge said: “The inequality of the equality bureaucrats is breathtaking – a church poster can’t be displayed in a council library, but a gay rainbow logo can be plastered on public street signs.
“‘Religious equality’ is code for ‘anything but Christianity’ because, we are told, one religion can’t be favoured over another.
“Yet when it comes to sexual orientation equality, homosexuality is favoured at every opportunity.”