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London transport blocks anti-gay ads on buses

LONDON (AP) -- London transport officials have blocked an advertising campaign suggesting gay people can be turned straight from appearing on buses in the capital.

The advertisements from Christian group Core Issues Trusts, which read "Not Gay! Post-gay, ex-gay and proud," were slated to run for two weeks starting Monday on buses serving five routes in London.

London Mayor Boris Johnson, who chairs Transport for London, has ordered that the advertisements be pulled.

Calling London one of the "most tolerant cities in the world," he said Thursday that it is "offensive to suggest being gay is an illness someone recovers from" and that he was "not prepared to have that suggestion driven around London."

Core Issues Trusts' co-director Mike Davidson criticized the move as censorship.

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