A row has broken out after the leader of the Catholic Church in Scotland was crowned “bigot of the year” by a gay rights charity.
Cardinal Keith O’Brien was named in the controversial category at Stonewall’s annual award ceremony in London.
The charity said the move was voted for by 10,000 supporters and came after the cardinal went “well beyond what any normal person would call a decent level of public discourse” over the last year, which has seen heated debate over plans to introduce gay marriage in Scotland.
But the Catholic Church criticised the award, saying it revealed “the depth of their intolerance” and a willingness to demean people who do not share their views.
Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson picked up a politician of the year gong from the equality group after becoming the first openly gay leader of a major UK political party. But she criticised the Bigot of the Year category, saying it was wrong to use such terminology.