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Scottish equal marriage bill to arrive in Parliament next month

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  1. That There Other David 28 May 2013, 5:43pm

    Great news, although I have to laugh at the “before or after the 2014 referendum” timescale. Bar one, that’s any day between right now and the end of time then :-)

  2. Let’s all hope this positive news from Scotland encourages peers in the House of Lords to approve the legislation for the rest of the UK.

    Although Scotland’s Bill is going to have its own difficulties, the recent falling away from the Catholic Cult because of the exposure of Hypocrite O’Brien should assist it.

  3. If the House of Lords throws a tantrum, could Scotland have Equal Marriage before England and Wales?

    1. Craig Nelson 28 May 2013, 11:34pm

      Yes, it could (short answer).

      If the Lords throws the bill out there are a number of ways forwards, each of which will take some time. The Lords might reflect that their continued existence relies on their deference towards the democratically elected Commons’ voting of the bill with large majorities on a free vote, cross party basis. Rejecting such a bill would be an outrageous act which would permanently tarnish the reputation of the House of Lords, taking us back to the bad old days of a House of bigotry which would start again the process of reform of the Upper Chamber.

      There is, however, no doubt that this is going to happen north and south of the border. The House of Lords can delay and embarrass itself but not stop progress.

      1. Robert in S. Kensington 29 May 2013, 12:00pm

        Well, there’s always the Parliament Act if they have a temper tantrum, something Maria Miller said hasn’t ruled out. With two very large majorities in the Commons sends a clear message that in spite of opposition, they can only delay it for one year. If that turns out to be the case, the Cameron coalition would be foolish not to invoke the PA eyeing the 2015 election.

  4. I wonder if same-sex couples from outside Scotland will be able to go to Gretna Green to get married, once SSM legislation passes? That’s one way that those of us in NI will be able to get married!

    1. Common sense 29 May 2013, 4:30am

      yes, you should be able to. but note, the Ulster assembly has said that it will not recognise same sex marriages conducted in either Ireland or the UK.

      1. casparthegood 29 May 2013, 10:36am

        Thats them being consistent, for at least the last 30 years they have only acepted the little bits of UK or NI law that they like/approve of. In part that’s why Ulster has historically been such a shambles. A bit like their interpretation of their fairy tales really.

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