The High Court has ruled in favour of a university which expelled a student for his views on gay marriage.

Felix Ngole, a religious education teacher from Barnsley, was studying for an MA in social work at the University of Sheffield – until 2015, when he commented on Facebook that “the Bible and God identify homosexuality as a sin”.

He made the comments during an online debate about Kim Davis, the Kentucky official who was sacked for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licences.

Somebody brought the comments to the attention of the university, who expelled Mr Ngole from the course.

He challenged the decision in court, saying that his rights to freedom of speech and religion, enshrined in the European Convention on Human Rights, had been violated.

But Deputy High Court judge Rowena Collins-Rice ruled that Mr Ngole’s comments had affected his ability to qualify as a social worker: “Social workers have considerable power over the lives of vulnerable service users and trust is a precious professional commodity.”

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