Twitter is all of a flutter as news breaks that Chris Grayling has been appointed as Justice Secretary.
Apparently he is the first non-lawyer as Lord Chancellor since Archbishop of York under Queen Mary in 1558.
Aside from this, folks such as Symon Hill of Ekklesia have Tweeted in response:
The appointment of Chris Grayling as Justice Secretary is an insult to gay and bisexual people. He defended homophobes in secret recording.
This secret recording relates to comments he made suggesting that B&B owners should have the right to turn away gay couples. Here’s the offending remarks:
“I personally always took the view that, if you look at the case of should a Christian hotel owner have the right to exclude a gay couple from a hotel, I took the view that if it’s a question of somebody who’s doing a B&B in their own home, that individual should have the right to decide who does and who doesn’t come into their own home. If they are running a hotel on the High Street, I really don’t think that it is right in this day and age that a gay couple should walk into a hotel and be turned away because they are a gay couple, and I think that is where the dividing line comes.”
As you can imagine these comments caused outrage at the time and that outrage is being resurrected as a result of Grayling’s appointment.