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.
1st May 2013
Scottish Conservatives ex-deputy leader: ‘Scotland’s equal marriage bill must safeguard religious liberties’ 22
2:34 PM — The former deputy leader of the Scottish Conservatives says “it is essential that appropriate safeguards are put in place” to protect religious liberties as part of equal marriage reform in Scotland.
13th March 2013
SNP’s LGBT group pushes minister to include LGBT people in Commonwealth charter 19
4:02 PM — The Scottish National Party's LGBT group has put pressure on Scotland's Minister for External Affairs to attempt to amend the recently signed Commonwealth charter, which protects against discrimination, but does not specifically mention LGBT people.
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.
18th November 2012
Scotland: First minister’s vicar speaks out against Alex Salmond’s plans to let gays marry 23
11:38 AM — Alex Salmond’s local vicar has spoken out against the first minister’s plans to make gay marriage legal in Scotland.
2nd November 2012
Alex Salmond: Stonewall wrong to call Cardinal O’Brien a ‘bigot’ 205
3:04 PM — Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond has waded into the row over Stonewall’s Bigot of the Year title after the gay rights charity awarded it to the leader of Scotland’s Catholic Church.
Scottish Tory leader booed at Stonewall Awards 83
2:17 AM — The leader of the Scottish Conservatives Ruth Davidson found herself being booed off the stage at last night’s Stonewall Awards in central London.
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.
3rd August 2012
Scotland: SNP activist resigns over ‘undemocratic’ equal marriage decision 38
5:30 PM — Robert Stewart, an SNP volunteer for 22 years has resigned over Scottish party leaders’ decision to push forward on marriage equality for gay couples in Scotland.
14th April 2012
Deputy First Minister of Scotland handed petition against equal marriage by her own constituents 88
7:45 PM — More than 1,000 Catholic constituents of the Deputy First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, have signed a petition calling for her to oppose changing the law to allow gay couples to marry.
4th March 2012
UK Catholic cardinal: Gay marriage is ‘a grotesque madness proposed by a disingenuous government’ 178
12:31 PM — Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, the most senior Catholic in Scotland, Cardinal Keith Michael Patrick O'Brien, has said that gay marriage is a "grotesque subversion of a universally accepted human right".
2nd September 2011
Scottish government launches gay marriage consultation 47
1:13 PM — The Scottish government has launched its promised consultation on marriage equality. The SNP-led government says it is considering whether to allow "religious ceremonies for civil partnerships and the possible introduction of same sex marriage".
18th August 2011
SNP leader denies ‘going mental’ at Labour MP over gay marriage 8
4:43 PM — SNP leader Alex Salmond has denied going "absolutely mental" at a Labour MP who asked him to comment on the gay marriage controversy. He and Labour MP Thomas Docherty were visiting a Dunfermline school On Wednesday when Mr Docherty claims he asked the First Minister to make a statement on SNP MP Bill Walker's "despicable" comments on gay marriage.
15th August 2011
SNP politician retreats over gay ‘Nazi’ slur 22
10:54 AM — A Scottish Nationalist Party MP has withdrawn a slur he made comparing gay rights campaigners to Nazis. Bill Walker said an anti-homophobia logo was "threatening" and reminded him of the Nazis.
4th August 2011
Nationalist Scottish MP accused of attacking gay rights 53
4:54 PM — A Nationalist MSP has been accused of trying to attack gay rights by tabling a motion which says no one should be "forced to be involved in" gay marriages. SNP MSP John Mason tabled the motion ahead of a Scottish government consultation on gay marriage.
6th May 2011
Activists call for gay marriage progress after SNP win 53
5:28 PM — The SNP are to form Scotland's first ever majority government after their victory in yesterday's election. The party, which has promised a consultation on marriage equality, won a surprise majority with 65 seats in the 129-seat parliament.
20th April 2011
Four of five main Scottish parties promise action on gay marriage 31
11:09 AM — Four of Scotland's five main political parties say they will take action on gay marriage ahead of next month's elections. The two largest parties, the SNP and Labour, say they will consult on the issue. The Lib Dems and Greens promise full equality.
26th November 2010
SNP councillor accused of ‘gay slurs’ towards colleague 5
5:00 PM — An SNP councillor may be expelled from his party after claims he made homophobic remarks to a colleague. Alan O’Brien, a member of the Nationalist opposition in North Lanarkshire, has been the subject of a number of complaints.