UK: Cardinal Keith O Brien nominated for bigot of the year, by Stonewall
Stonewall: Cardinal Keith O Brien has been a prominent opponent of marriage equality Stonewall, Britain s largest gay rights charity, has nominated the UK s most senior Catholic, Cardinal Keith O Brien for the title of Bigot of the Year as part of its annual awards ceremony. On its website, Stonewall wrote: Keith O Brien has been a prominent opponent of marriage equality and made headlines with deeply offensive comments about same-sex couples. He s stated that same-sex relationships are harmful to the physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing and compared equal marriage to slavery and child abuse.
Stonewall added: Under his leadership the Catholic Church in Scotland has pledged to declare war on marriage equality and has committed an additional 100,000 for the fight . Lord Ken Maginnis, the former Ulster Unionist MP, who lost the party whip at Westminster in June for referring to same-sex marriage as unnatural and deviant behaviour has also been nominated, along with Simon Lokodo, the anti-gay Ugandan Ethics and Integrity Minister, who presided over a homophobic crackdown of LGBT orginisations in Uganda back in June. Those nominated for the charity s Hero of the Year award include US equal marriage ice cream giants Ben & Jerry, the former director of Manchester Pride, Jackie Crozier, and bisexual UK popstar Jessie J.