The premiere of a new Christian film about people who say they left behind homosexual lifestyles went ahead, despite a venue booking being cancelled.
Vue Cinemas settles claim brought by Christian makers of 'ex-gay' film
A national cinema chain has admitted that it breached the terms of a contract when it refused to allow the screening of a Christian film about people who have left behind homosexual behaviours.
Vue Cinemas, which operates almost 90 venues across the UK and Ireland, has settled in full a legal claim brought by the makers of 'Voices of the Voiceless'.
Dr Mike Davidson, who produced the documentary, said he was "delighted" by the outcome, adding: "Vue Cinemas has recognised that it was wrong to block us from showing the film.
"I hope that in future they won't fold under pressure from LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender] activists who want to suppress the voices of those who want to move away from same-sex attraction and behaviour."
Dr Davidson had been due to unveil the feature-length documentary in front of 120 people at the Vue Cinema in Piccadilly in February when bosses cancelled his booking one day before the event.
Speaking after media coverage which criticised the premise of the move, Vue bosses claimed the film would be "unlawful".
Premier received a statement from Vue, saying that the legal claim did not have anything to do with them changing their mind over the content of the film, rather that the claim reflects their late cancellation: "Vue firmly stands by its decision to cancel the screening of ‘Voices of the Silenced’ which was in direct conflict to our values.
"The claim made relates simply to a technical breach of contract because of the late cancellation of the screen booking and was for a nominal amount. This has nothing to do with freedom of expression laws”
Although an alternative venue was found in central London, organisers staged a protest (pictured) and mounted legal action against Vue Cinemas, claiming a breach of contract and seeking compensation for wasted expenses.
It has now emerged lawyers representing the cinema chain last week agreed to settle the claim in full after admitting a breach of contract.
Filmed in eight countries, 'Voices of the Voiceless' presents reflections from doctors and theologians, as well as the testimonies of people who have abandoned homosexual relations.
Andrea Williams from the Christina Legal Centre, which has been supporting Dr Davidson, commented: "People like Mike need to be heard loudly and clearly in the current debate on sexuality and gender.
"Their experiences simply don't fit in with current LGBT ideology and narratives which claim that it's impossible for someone's sexual attraction to change.
"LGBT activists shouldn't be allowed to define or deny other people's life experiences or squeeze them out of the public debate."
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