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SNP accepts £1m donation from Section 28 backer Brian Souter

Nick Duffy August 22, 2014
Brian Souter.

Brian Souter.

The Scottish Nationalist Party has accepted a £1 million donation from Stagecoach boss Sir Brian Souter – who funded a campaign to keep Section 28.

The transport magnate funded an unsuccessful Keep the Clause campaign in 2000 to maintain the anti-gay law, which banned the “promotion of homosexuality” and the teaching of the “acceptability of homosexuality” in schools.

He was controversially awarded a knighthood in 2011, and later warned that a decline in “traditional marriage” would “implode” society.

An SNP spokesperson said: “The referendum is Scotland’s one opportunity, and it’s a fantastic sign of confidence that Brian and others the length and breadth of Scotland are stepping up to the plate to do what they can – so that we have the resources to take on the Westminster establishment and win that vital Yes vote.”

Speaking in 2011, the Stagecoach boss had said:  “We are arguing here about what kind of society we want to live in. Are we going to be in a Babylonian-Greek-type of society, where sex is primarily a recreational activity, or are we going to stick with the Judeo-Christian tradition, where procreation is something that we want to put within a marriage context?

“Quite honestly the issue about gay relationships is a small side-product from that discussion.”

He previously accused Google of censoring his personal website because of his views, claiming it had “mysteriously disappeared” from search results.

 

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