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Scotland: Parliamentary Committee begins to hear evidence around equal marriage bill

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  1. Robert in S. Kensington 5 Sep 2013, 6:02pm

    At long last it’s underway. We all wish I’m sure the very best to our Scottish brothers and sisters. It too will pass into law.

  2. I’m glad the parliamentary process has now begun, although why we need to hear from opponents such as the catholic church once again is beyond me.

    Those opposed to same sex marriage got to voice their bigoted views during the exhaustive debate on the principle of same sex marriage, but they were ultimately rejected in favour of equality.

    Same sex marriage IS happening in Scotland and this part of the process should be about scrutinising and refining the Bill, not going over old ground about the principle of same sex marriage. It’s a waste of time, effort and resources for the committee to listen to opponents.

    1. Equality Network 6 Sep 2013, 10:33am

      Thankfully, the Committee did yesterday also listen to detailed evidence from the Scottish Transgender Alliance and Equality Network about the amendments we think are needed to get the bill 100% right.

      1. I realise that the Bill needs to be scrutinised so any amendments can be added. I even realise that some who oppose same sex marriage will use this chance to try to amend the Bill – however much I don’t like that idea, it’s part of the democratic process.

        I hate that the likes of the catholic church are being given another platform to spout their bigoted views. They aren’t looking to make amendments, they want the Bill to be thrown out, full stop. I read their written evidence to the committee and it wasn’t discussing the Bill, it was discussing the principle of same sex marriage.The time for them to object to the principle of same sex marriage has passed and this is about refining the Bill to make it the best it can be, not about debating whether gay people should have the right to get married.

        Surely committees should only need to accept evidence from people who want to discuss the Bill itself and not the principle of the matter?

      2. Btw, I’ve said it before, but I’ll happily say it again – please pass my thanks on to everyone at the Equality Network and the Scottish Transgender Alliance for all your hard work on equal marriage! We’re almost there now, and it’s thanks to organisations such as yours. I like to think I’ve played my own small part by contacting my MSPs, but that’s nothing compared the effort you guys have put into this over the years!

    2. I think they want to hear from the church etc again so they can have another go at keeping a straight face through their speeches.. No Pun intended :P

      1. That’s a nice thought, Garry! I like the idea of MSPs taking the mickey out of bigots such the catholic church!

  3. Helge Vladimir Tiller 31 Jan, 2:19pm

    I’m sure millions of gay and transgender people world wide, wish The LGBTQ community in Scotland the very best of outcome from this long process. Only The North Sea is between Norway and Scotland ! Our ancestors crossed that hindrance with bravura—and found a beautiful country with a fantastic landscape. Today we are close friends !!! ( No fighting—) So I’m positively sure that an absolute majority of the Norwegian population cross their fingers for their lovely neighbours- wishing gay, lesbian and transgender people luck and harmony ! For sure The Royal Family wish the same-

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