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SNP leader denies ‘going mental’ at Labour MP over gay marriage

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  1. I’m going mental at the lack of any progress or news on the subject of marriage equality south of the border….

  2. Me too, John!

  3. Tim Hopkins 18 Aug 2011, 6:32pm

    Yes, it is ironic that, when the signs are that the Scottish Govt is currently making somewhat faster progress on this issue than the UK Govt, it is the Scottish Govt that is getting criticised in this way.

    The Equality Network is completely party-political neutral, but in our view, the Scottish Govt should be judged on whether and when it implements its manifesto and later commitments to consult on equal marriage and civil partnership before the end of this year, and on the content of that consultation.

    1. @ Tim Hopkins

      Can you give a bit more info on how the Scottish Government are moving more quickly on the subject of marriage equality than the UK government? I thought they were still at the same, rather vague, stage of consulting on it and hadn’t yet started that consultation. I would be grateful to receive some good news that they are at a more advanced stage than this!

      1. Tim Hopkins 20 Aug 2011, 12:53pm

        The Scottish Government have said a few times recently, including in response to Parliamentary questions, that the consultation will happen “before the end of the year”. Alex Salmond said on TV news a week or so ago that the consultation would start “in a few weeks”. Of course it remains to be seen. But I don’t think the UK Govt have recently said anything similar about their consultation timetable? Of course I hope both Govts will start consulting very soon.

  4. Charles Gormley 18 Aug 2011, 7:39pm

    I can think of no place more appropriate for a positive discussion on gay marriage than a school. And I am not mistaking the ongoing reporting of this issue, which I think is really about one MSPs homophobia rather than progress on gay marriage here in Scotland.

  5. Jock S. Trap 19 Aug 2011, 2:23pm

    He always strikes me as in the same bad tempered mould as Gordon Brown..(whoever that is!).

    He does, however need to take leadership over this issue and set out his own position. He also needs to make sure while people within his party may not have agree with the idea of marriage Equality the language used is less discriminating.

  6. Strangely enough, this sounds like how I would expect Alex Salmond to react …

    Also its notable that the comments by SNP members are partisan in terms of attacking Labour and are worded carefully so as not to appear pro or anti gay …

    The SNP need to make their position clear

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