Maan resigns over remarks about homosexuality

Graham Willgoss

The president of the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations has been forced to step down after expressing disapproval of "gay sex education" in Scotland. Bashir Maan made the remarks in a letter to Scottish daily newspaper The Herald.

He wrote: "These politicians, through certain elements of sex education in schools, are motivating young, innocent children to indulge in premature sex that is resulting in teenage pregnancies. As if that were not enough, gay sex education is being added to the sex curriculum in schools. This will encourage experiments with homosexuality among young children and add to the growing creed of homosexuality."

The SCVO board collectively agreed last week to ask Maan, who has been president of the SCVO for six years, to resign.

Martin Sime, chief executive of the SCVO, said: "The letter was discussed by our board, which felt that the sentiments it expressed were inconsistent with the values of the SCVO and its members."

Maan said: "This has forced my hand. It is a pity to end in these circumstances. I can understand the SCVO's point of view - my views would bring me into conflict with gay and lesbian organisations in their membership, so I should have retired before I opened my mouth. I did not mean to demean anyone."

Maan, who emigrated from Pakistan to Britain in 1953, was the first Muslim councillor in Britain.

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