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.
15th August 2013
Church leaders in Scotland push for conscience clause in equal marriage legislation 29
1:16 PM — The Free Church of Scotland is calling on the Scottish Government to include a conscience clause to give greater protections to celebrants who are opposed to equal marriage.
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
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.
17th June 2013
Serbia: Right-wing group promises to spy on new LGBT centre 6
1:44 PM — Serbian capital Belgrade's first LGBT community centre has become the target of surveillance by nationalists, who claim they are out to protect the neighbourhood from "prostitution".
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.