Leaflet opposing gay marriage delivered with Leicester city council magazine
A distribution company has apologised after a leaflet opposing gay marriage was delivered with a city council magazine.
SW Distribution delivers the council's quarterly Leicester Link magazine to every home in the city.
Last week's edition included a leaflet from Coalition for Marriage encouraging people to contact Leicester East MP Keith Vaz and urge him to vote against gay marriage. About 1,000 homes received the magazine and leaflet before a complaint to the council prompted it to order the company to halt deliveries.
SW Distribution then sent an apology letter to residents who had received the leaflet, stating the council had nothing to do with the campaign.
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Company boss Stuart Warren said the leaflet was "alongside, not inside" the magazine.
"I didn't expect it to cause grief or upset to somebody," he said.
"I just thought it was along the lines of if you want to oppose it, tell your politician that you would rather things be left the way things are. I couldn't see what the problem was."
The leaflet said if the bill was passed teachers could be sacked if they refused to endorse gay marriage.
The apology letter said: "The council has asked us to emphasise that it was not aware the leaflet was being distributed at the same time as Link magazine.
"Under the terms of the distribution contract the council has with us, we should not have included this leaflet with Link.
"We have reviewed our distribution arrangements and will put in place measures to ensure this does not happen again."
A city council spokesman said it received four complaints about the leaflet.
Rhianna Campbell, 19, of the West End, who received the leaflet, said: "I was really shocked. I don't agree with the messages on the leaflet at all."
Isobel Morgan, 20, also of the West End said: "I thought it was absolutely disgusting.
"Although it was just a leaflet, it is so invasive to bombard people in their homes."