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Scottish Parliamentary committee to begin hearing evidence around equal marriage bill

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  1. Godric Godricson 4 Sep 2013, 5:06pm

    Thanks for the link. I hope people wrote to MSP’s and leaders of the political parties. I’m guessing there’s still time if we haven’t done so?

  2. I really don’t understand why those opposed to equal marriage are being allowed to give evidence – the third time they’ve had an opportunity to officially let the Scottish government know their views after 2 public consultations. They’ll just be repeating their tired and bigoted arguments and won’t be bringing anything new or worthwhile to the table.

    Furthermore, we’ve moved beyond IF we should have equal marriage – it’s happening and this stage is about scrutinising the Bill and making amendments, so opponents can’t stop it from happening.

    1. lukefromcanada 5 Sep 2013, 5:30am

      if this was a trial their “evidence” would make them guilty of perjury

    2. Robert in S. Kensington 5 Sep 2013, 12:34pm

      I agree but unfortunately they have to be heard otherwise that will only embolden them even more. We went through tortuous committee hearings south of the border with a handful of bigots including clergy giving evidence but they didn’t win. Nor will they in Scotland. At least they won’t be able to say they weren’t heard or didn’t have a place in the debate as much as we dislike them. They’re that delusional to think they could even win the argument. The C4M rabble in England, as well as the Daily Mail and Telegraph even believed the bill would be scuppered in the Lords and look what happened, a resounding success and passage into law and I might add, supported by a lot of Tories.

      1. But do they really have to be heard at this stage? They’ve already had opportunities to voice their opposition to the principle of same sex marriage, the Scottish government listened to their views but ultimately disagreed and decided to legislate.

        This committee stage isn’t about debating the principle of same sex marriage, that’s already been done extensively. This stage is about scrutinising the Bill, checking it for mistakes or possible problems that may arise, and refining it by adding new elements that aren’t already included.

        The opponents aren’t looking to refine or scrutinise the Bill, they will only be happy if the Bill is thrown out altogether, and that’s extremely unlikely. I just don’t see the point in spending time and resources at this stage of the Bill on listening yet again to the views of opponents.

  3. Don’t you think all this is really a load of nonsense?

    Hearing ‘evidence’ why some people should be allowed to be married.

    It is plainly RIDICULOUS and a waste of time and money.

    1. Rhod Gates 5 Sep 2013, 3:37am

      Well, one has to make an argument. And the best arguments have proof, as opposed to being only an assertion

      1. You have to make an ‘argument’ as to why some people should be allowed the same rights as everybody else has got???

        Thats just crazy…………………

  4. Mihangel apYrs 5 Sep 2013, 7:08am

    playing politics and trying to ensure that any “blame” can be shared.

    Courageous statesmen, and those of honour, as opposed to pusillanimous policians, are rare

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