ATV LGBTBrian Souter, co-founder of Stagecoach, has been honoured with a knighthood but over 2000 people have signed a petition calling for the honour to be rescinded because of his support for Section 28.

Section 28, introduced by the Conservative Government, under Margaret Thatcher, in the 1980s, banned the “promotion” of homosexuality in Schools. In Scotland it was known as Clause 2a. The ban meant schools were not even allowed to discuss homosexuality with their pupils and was widely regarded as a homophobic bill. It’s introduction in the 1980s was fought by a range of high profile stars of the time but ultimately unsuccessfully.

Section 28 was scrapped by the Labour Government, under Tony Blair, but Souter lead a ¬£1 million campaign to keep the clause in place. He cited religious beliefs for support of the ban discussing homosexuality in schools. Part of the campaign to keep Section 28 saw advertisements with slogans such as “Dear Wendy, will your new guidelines give homosexual relationships the same moral value as traditional marriages?”. Ultimately the campaign to keep the law was unsuccessful and Section 28/Clause 2A was scrapped.

However, Souters support for the campaign and big donation¬† have prompted some gay rights supports to object to his knighthood. He was named in the Queen’s Birthday honours list on Saturday as receiving a knighthood. While Souter has not spoken out against gay rights for some years they are unhappy he was been honoured with a knighthood and have started a campaign to get it rescinded. Pink News reports that so far over 2000 people have signed the petition.

You can sign the petition by clicking here >>

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