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Equality Network calls on Scotland to legalise equal marriage following England & Wales Royal Assent

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  1. Godric Godricson 17 Jul 2013, 3:56pm

    Happy to help our neighbours!

  2. That There Other David 17 Jul 2013, 4:29pm

    Come on Scotland, time to get that Bill of yours to the vote now and join the party :-D

    1. It’s at stage one of the legislative process and still has to go through committee stages to be scrutinised – the Scottish Parliament’s equivalent of the Lords. It’ll be a wee while yet before it gets to the stage you’re at in England in Wales! In fact, the Equal Opportunities Committee only expects to begin taking evidence in September, so my completely inexpert guess is that the final vote will be at the end of this year or sometime in the first few months of next year. Can anyone (who knows more about it!) shed any (more accurate!) light on the timeline?

        1. Thanks for the link – it’s got a lot more detailed information than the Scottish Parliament’s own website! It’s good to see the various stages set out and see what happens in them. I’ve bookmarked your webpage for future reference.

          I’m a wee bit disappointed to see that after the final vote, there will be secondary legislation that could take a further 12 months, including another possible public consultation, but I’m glad it’s now begun the legislative process, after a frustrating 21 months of consultations and delays since it was first launched in Sept 2011 until it was introduced to Parliament! At least nobody will be able to say it was rushed through!

          Thanks again!

  3. Good on the Equality Network for highlighting that’s it’s not a done deal in Scotland, even though everyone (including me) expects that it will be passed.

    Although a majority of MSPs have pledged to support it, this doesn’t mean they will vote for it in the end (Lib Dems and tuition fees come to mind!).

    There is also still opposition to it Scotland, as the Labour MSP Elaine Smith recently proved in a speech at a Scotland for Marriage meeting in her constituency. She didn’t just say she was opposed to it, she encouraged people to contact their MSPs who’ve already pledged to support it, to try and change their minds, and she presented a lot of misinformation as the truth, even suggesting the campaign for equal marriage was a ploy to undermine religion.

    The worst thing is that homophobes like this are not being challenged on their views by other MSPs as it’s a free vote.

    Thankfully, people like Elaine Smith are in the minority, but we need to make sure it stays that way.

  4. GulliverUK 17 Jul 2013, 6:44pm

    Damned right – get on with it.

    We don’t want a disparity otherwise if we get married in England + Wales (btw, why do they not mentioned Devon and Cornwall !) and then travel to Scotland, presumably we wouldn’t be treated as married ??? Leaves a lot of question – so just get on with it and pass it this year.

    There’s nothing to discuss.

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