A FORMER SNP leader has been told he faces disciplinary action if he repeats his outspoken comments about same-sex marriage at the party's conference.

Gordon Wilson, who led the party for 11 years until 1990, caused controversy at the weekend when he said the Scottish Government's plans for gay marriage amounted to "state fascism". A lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) group warned it may report him to the party leadership if he repeats his comments at a fringe meeting in Perth today. Out for Independence is seeking an apology from Mr Wilson and assurances about the conduct of the meeting.

The group, which is expected to become an affiliated SNP organisation this week, has called on fringe meeting chairman John Mason, the Glasgow Shettleston MSP, to ensure speakers behave in a reasonable manner.

Mr Wilson has refused to apologise for his remarks, but if he repeats them at the meeting he could also be reported to the party's national secretary for breaching rules governing members' conduct.

Equal marriage will be a contentious issue at the conference with opponents to the proposed legislation, Scotland For Marriage, expecting a strong turnout at the fringe event. Speeches will be made by Mr Wilson and a Catholic Church official.