Graham Cogman, a parish constable from
Norfolk, UK, has been forced to resign after promoting the notion
that gays can be “cured” and that gay sex is sinful, reports the
The 49-year-old constable says he had
been bombarded with gay-themed emails from gay liaison officers –
including one that encouraged staff to wear a pink ribbon in support
of Gay History month – when he began writing his own emails in
return two years ago.
He circulated emails suggesting gay sex
was sinful and in another he included details of an American
organization promising to “cure” gays.
In an email to the a gay liaison
officer, he included the phrase “Love the sinner, hate the deed.”
“This officer's behavior fell well
below what we expect of our people,” Deputy Chief Constable Ian
Learmonth said. “The outcome follows a thorough investigation with
evidence presented to a misconduct panel of three, two of whom were
independent of the constabulary.”
“Our diversity policy sets out a
clear and unequivocal position,” he added. “We will not tolerate
discriminatory behavior of any kind.”
Constable Cogman says the force is
“blatantly biased” against his Christian beliefs.