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News Summary: UK court overturns Facebook demotion

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The Associated Press | November 16, 2012 04:59 PM EST | AP


PUNISHED: Britain's High Court ruled Friday that a man had been unfairly stripped of a management position and demoted for saying in a Facebook post that he was opposed to gay marriage.

COURT RULING: The court said the Trafford Housing Trust breached Adrian Smith's contract and a judge added that Smith had not done anything wrong. Smith had written on Facebook that gay weddings in churches would be "an equality too far."

EVOLVING LAW: In Britain, same-sex couples can form civil partnerships that carry the same legal rights marriages do. The government plans to introduce legislation allowing civil marriages as well.