Church of Scotland minister apologises to LGBT community
Scott Burton became the first Kirk minister to open a Pride event on Saturday.
A Church of Scotland minister has apologised to members of the LGBT community.
Scott Burton became the first Kirk minister to open a Pride event in Scotland on Saturday.
Addressing a crowd of around 250 people outside Perth Concert Hall, he said: "I want my first words to you to be 'I'm sorry'."
Ahead of the event, Mr Burton asked LGBT people to forgive the Church of Scotland "for all the pain we have caused you and which we continue to inflict on you".
However, Mr Burton emphasised that he was not apologising on behalf of the Kirk and only on behalf of his own church, St Matthew's.
The event was one of 12 major Pride events in Scotland this year.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon led the country's largest Pride in July, hailing it as a celebration of "tolerance, diversity, equality, love and respect".
Earlier this year, the Kirk moved a step closer to allowing ministers to conduct same-sex marriages.
Its ruling body agreed last year to apologise for its past treatment of LGBT people.