“Gay community don’t have that many votes,” says Scottish politician

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A Scotland politician has spoken out against a deputy first minister after she publicly stated her support for marriage equality.

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon earlier this month said Scotland should legalize marriage for all.

As a result, Adil Bhatti, a former SNP council member said that the public call could see her lose votes and lose her position in government.

“The gay community don’t have that many votes compared to those that you would lose from the religious groups like the Muslims and the Catholics,” Bhatti was quoted as saying in Scottish media.

“There is an option the religious groups might not vote at all. I don’t think the Muslim and Catholic population will vote for her. I can’t say that there will be a complete blackout but the majority will vote against her.”

Last year, Sturgeon announced that she was committed to fair and equal laws for all Scottish citizens irregardless of their sexual orientation.

“That is why we intend to proceed with plans to allow same-sex marriage and religious ceremonies for civil partnerships – we believe that this is the right thing to do,” she said.

According to numerous statistics in Scotland, the country is split over marriage equality and full rights for LGBT. It also comes as other reports indicate a large percentage of LGBT have face discrimination and violence.

Stonewall Scotland has shown that most LGBT people in Scotland have been a victim of hate crime.

Two thirds have been verbally abused because they are LGBT, and a third have been physically attacked. But 88 percent of those verbally attacked did not report it to the police and 61% of those physically attacked did not report it.

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