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10:54 AM — A Scottish Nationalist Party MP has withdrawn a slur he made comparing gay rights campaigners to Nazis.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.