Scottish author and broadcaster Muriel Gray has called on the Scottish Parliament to legalise equal marriage in a video recorded for the Equality Network’s It’s Time campaign.
Speaking from her home in Glasgow, Gray urges Scotland’s politicians to vote for the equal marriage Bill: “To MSPs who are still undecided I would say examine your conscience, and think why on earth would you oppose something that represents commitment, stability, love and a total commitment to society?”
She adds: “I can’t actually think of a reason not to support equal marriage. Normally most discussions and issues have one side and the other, but there isn’t another side – I can’t think of any logical or even emotional argument against gay marriage.”
The Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill is currently being considered by the Scottish Parliament’s Equal Opportunities Committee. A Stage One debate and vote on the Bill is expected to take place in November .
Gray argues that equal marriage is a benchmark policy for a modern Scotland: “It’s incredibly important as a beacon of equality that Scotland does this. When we are moving into a period where we are all discussing philosophical issues around who we are and where we are going it seems to me that passing this bill is a really important benchmark.”
“The essential point about marriage is it’s about commitment, it’s about love through good times and bad times, it’s stability, and who on earth wouldn’t want more of that rather than less of that?”
The Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill was introduced in the Scottish Parliament in June, and the first major vote is likely to take place in November, following initial scrutiny by the Scottish Parliament’s Equal Opportunities Committee.
PinkNews has been working with and supporting the Equality Network’s campaign for equal marriage since 2008.