‘Threats made me back gay marriage’

By Cameron Brooks

Published: 06/02/2014

THREATS from anti-gay marriage campaigners convinced a Highlands and Islands MSP to back controversial new legislation.

Mary Scanlon was branded “godless” and warned she would be “struck down” if she voted in favour of same-sex unions.

She faced a dilemma over what position to take on the issue – but the vitriolic language used in more than 20 e-mails she received from people vehemently opposed to the policy was the “tipping point”. One e-mail from a man in Inverness said: “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil.”

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