“We would like to put the record straight about false allegations made about us in the media today.
“Suzanne Cottam did not say the words attributed to her, nor would she do so because of her Christian faith and her belief in the dignity of all people.
“Due to the hysterical nature of the reporting, we have been inundated with foul, abusive and sometimes threatening messages. We urge the press to exercise caution in repeating the false claims being made about us.
“Suzanne has an independent witness who was present throughout the conversation and can back up her version of events.
“As a result of the serious defamatory comments which have been made and published we are taking legal advice as to what remedies may be available to us.
“We will be making no further comment on this matter at present.”