A Manchester housing worker is taking legal action against his employer after being demoted for posting comments about gay marriage on Facebook.

Adrian Smith had his pay cut by 40% when he lost his managerial post at Trafford Housing Trust (THT) and was redeployed as an adviser.

Mr Smith, 54, who stated that he was a THT manager on his Facebook page, wrote that “marriage is for men and women”.

The trust said he had been disciplined for breaching its code of conduct.

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