Pupils in mid-April called for a Tayside minister to be axed from a school chaplaincy role after accusing him of being a bigot.
The Revd Mike Goss said he was ‘very disappointed’ after a petition was lodged urging Carnoustie High to sever its links with him, accusing him of being against gay marriage. He described the petition as a ‘tissue of lies’ and said that the allegations were ‘potentially actionable’.
Marriage rates down
According to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics, marriage rates for opposite-sex couples in 2015 were the lowest on record, following a gradual long-term decline since the early 1970s.
In 2015, there were only 21.7 marriages per thousand unmarried men and 19.8 marriages per thousand unmarried women, compared with 84 marriages per thousand unmarried men and 63.5 marriages per thousand unmarried women when marriage rates were at their height in 1972.
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