20th November 2013
Scotland prepares for historic parliamentary vote on equal marriage 4
11:23 AM — The Scottish Parliament will later hold a crucial debate and vote on Scotland’s equal marriage legislation.
11th November 2013
Exclusive: Scottish Tories claim SNP Govt slow to legalise equal marriage due to referendum 7
3:03 PM — Legalising equal marriage in Scotland has taken longer than in England because the SNP government has diverted all resources to its pro-independence campaign, the leader of the Scottish Conservatives has claimed.
15th October 2013
Calls to drop Scotland’s gay blood donation ban gather political momentum 3
1:27 PM — Calls by a Scottish National Party MSP to ease restrictions preventing gay and bisexual men donating blood in Scotland have gained cross-party support.
3rd October 2013
MSP John Mason: We don’t force doctors to perform abortions, so why make registrars marry gays? 51
7:01 PM — MSP John Mason believes civil registrars should be able to opt out of marrying gay couples in Scotland – in the same way doctors of faith can refuse to perform abortions.
Scottish Health Secretary: Registrars will not be forced to marry gay couples 56
3:07 PM — Scotland's Health Secretary Alex Neil has told MSPs that registrars who object to same-sex marriages will not be forced to carry them out.
25th September 2013
MSP denies joking about HIV in ‘Scottish Virus’ tweet 30
11:09 AM — SNP MSP Christina McKelvie has denied making light of HIV after tweeting “I'm YES Positive! And I've got the Scottish Virus” in relation to a row about nationalism with Scottish Labour.
20th September 2013
Anti-gay wife-beating former MSP Bill Walker jailed for 12 months 16
12:17 PM — A former MSP who said gay relationships are not in “any way equal” to straight ones has been jailed for 12 months after being convicted of attacking three former wives and a step-daughter.
22nd August 2013
Politician who said gay relationships not in ‘any way equal’ to straight ones, guilty of abusing three wives 34
5:54 PM — An MSP who has in the past voiced strong opposition to gay rights, including comparing gay rights campaigners to Nazis, has been found guilty of domestic abuse over three decades.
13th August 2013
MSP Bill Kidd: Glasgow may have to end twinned status with Russian city unless homophobia is challenged 9
5:45 PM — MSP Bill Kidd says Glasgow City Council should be prepared to break cultural ties with its Russian twin city, Rostov on Don, because of homophobia sanctioned by Russia’s government.
8th August 2013
MSP James Dornan: Glasgow Pride is an opportunity to show solidarity with Russia’s LGBT community 1
2:24 PM — Scottish National Party MSP James Dornan says this weekend's Glasgow Pride is an opportunity to show solidarity with Russia's LGBT community amid widespread oppression.
Exclusive: Alex Salmond says ‘It’s Time’ for equal marriage in Scotland because it’s the ‘right thing to do’ 3
10:59 AM — SNP leader and First Minister Alex Salmond says introducing equal marriage "is the right thing to do" and will be good for Scotland.
28th May 2013
Scottish Lib Dem leader writes equal marriage letter to SNP’s Nicola Sturgeon 5
1:29 PM — Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has written to the SNP Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to urge her to press ahead with plans for equal marriage in Scotland.
12th December 2012
Scotland refuses to ban ‘any church’ from providing same-sex marriages 23
11:21 AM — All religious institutions – including the Church of Scotland – will be free to decide for themselves if they would like to provide marriages for gay couples, under plans announced today.
15th October 2012
Former SNP leader says equal marriage is a step towards ‘fascism’ 70
10:54 AM — The former leader of the Scottish National Party Gordon Wilson has once again criticised the leadership of the SNP for supporting equal marriage.
8th April 2012
Anti-gay MSP Bill Walker expelled from SNP over abuse claims 31
6:18 PM — Bill Walker, the member of the Scottish Parliament who once compared gay rights campaigners to Nazis, and has been an outspoken opponent of government proposals for marriage equality, has been expelled from Scottish National Party (SNP) over allegations of domestic abuse.