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Scottish Health Secretary: I urge all MSPs to back equal marriage in today’s vote

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  1. Well done Alex Neil for urging MSPs to vote in favour of marriage equality. It’s just a pity that even some of his own ministerial colleagues in the Scottish government are homophobic bigots and won’t take any notice of what he says.

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 20 Nov 2013, 1:45pm

      It’s going to pass, BennieM, regardless of the bigots and they know it.

      1. Oh yes, I’m confident it will pass. But just because we are going to have marriage equality in Scotland soon doesn’t mean that we should shrug our shoulders and not worry about homophobes in government. We have to keep challenging & fighting homophobia, not just give up now we’ve almost got full equality in law. One of these homophobes could end up as First Minister of Scotland in future, if we’re not careful. Maybe not so far fetched since they already hold government and parliamentary positions.

        1. With a justice minister and an education minister both with a dubious grasp of the meaning of equality and (non) discrimination I heartily agree.
          I have no doubt the bill will pass stage one, but we need to be aware of amendments at stage two and committee adding privilage and a bypass to equalities on grounds of “because my religion” and negating battles already won.

  2. Paul Brownsey 20 Nov 2013, 4:57pm

    “Six of her party’s 16 MSPs have stated they will not support the bill and are likely to vote against – including SNP minister Alasdair Allan. ”

    Pink News, please learn the difference between the SNP and the Tory party in Scotland. Alasdair Allan is decidedly not one of Ruth Davidson’s MSPs.

  3. Robert in S. Kensington 20 Nov 2013, 4:59pm

    The debate just began at 11:58 a.m. Listening to it now!

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 20 Nov 2013, 5:02pm

      Sorry, began at 3:58 p.m. introduced by the Scottish Health Secretary.

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