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Sunday, 7 May, 2000, 11:09 GMT 12:09 UK
March for Section 28 repeal
Bin the Ballot
Stonewall launched its campaign in Edinburgh
Gay and lesbian rights group Stonewall begins a march from Edinburgh to London as part of its bid to see the controversial Section 28 law abolished.

The campaign began on Saturday in Edinburgh and continued in Glasgow on Sunday.

It comes as campaigners battling to retain the law, which forbids the promotion of homosexuality as a pretend family relationship, pursue a private ballot on the matter.

Scotland's four million electorate are being posted voting slips asking them if they want the section to stay or go.

Results in May

The results of the ballot, being paid for largely by Scotland's transport tycoon Brian Souter, are expected to be published later this month.

Gays and lesbians have already seized upon the organisation of the ballot saying it is seriously flawed.

And they are expected to reiterate their objection to the Keep the Clause vote when they continue their march to London.

Stonewall members will also be visiting Newcastle, Leeds, Manchester, Leicester, Bristol, Cardiff, Birmingham, Southampton and Brighton.

Section 28 petition

They will reach London on Sunday 28 May where they will march past the Houses of Parliament and then to Downing Street.

There they will hand in their Repeal Section 28 petition.

Angela Mason, from Stonewall, said: "This is a fight that we have to win.

"As lesbians and gay men, as bisexuals and transgendered people, we demand the right, for ourselves and for all people to live equally and freely.

"All human beings are equal in dignity and human rights."

The Scottish Executive has already begun the process of repealing Section 28 and hopes the public will ignore the Keep the Clause ballot forms being delivered to them.

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06 May 00 | Scotland
Section 28 vote dubbed a farce
03 May 00 | Scotland
Section 28 ballot papers issued
27 Apr 00 | Scotland
Section 28 repeal under way
17 Apr 00 | Scotland
Souter presses on with poll
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