Equality Network, a Scottish LGBT rights group, has won an award for its equal marriage campaign from Scotland’s Herald newspaper.

The organisation, which was founded in 1997, beat several other Scotland-wide charities including, Shelter Scotland and Oxfam Scotland to be crowned Herald Society Campaigner of the Year.

Equality Network launched their same-sex marriage campaign in 2009.

It’s been credited with helping to push the equal marriage agenda to the very top of Scottish politics.

A bill to legalise marriage for same-sex couples is set to be voted on within the current term of the Scottish Parliament.

In June of this year, the Equality Network, revealed that a majority of MSPs claimed they would back the legislation, after the organisation carried out a survey of all 129 MSPs.

On receiving Friday’s award, Tim Hopkins, director of the Equality Network, said: “We are deeply grateful to the Herald Society judges for recognising the work of the equal marriage campaign.

“The efforts of partner organisations and volunteers in the campaign all over Scotland have helped bring us to the point where the Scottish Parliament will be able to vote on a bill for same-sex marriage in the next year. We hope and trust that MSPs will support equality and bring fairness to many thousands of families across Scotland.”