The song contains the interesting couplet:There's no nudes in Gay News, our one magazine
But they still found excuses to call it obscene
In June 1976, Gay News
published a poem by the academic James Kirkup, The Love That Dares To Speak Its Name (a pun on Oscar Wilde). This "poem" described a centurion performing sexual acts on the dead body of Christ, and caused grave offense to many people, especially Christians.
As a result, the Christian activist Mrs. Mary Whitehouse (one half of "Mary Long
") brought a prosecution for blasphemous libel – the first in Britain since 1921 - against the paper and its editor, Denis Lemon. The trial, in July 1977, resulted in their conviction, a fine for both defendants, and a suspended sentence for Lemon; Kirkup was not prosecuted.
Alexander Baron - London, England