25th September 2013
MSP denies joking about HIV in ‘Scottish Virus’ tweet 31
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.
23rd September 2013
Man hit in the face with a bottle in homophobic attack in Edinburgh
12:49 PM — A man has been hit in the face with a bottle in Edinburgh in what police are treating as a homophobic attack. The 27-year-old man had been at CC Blooms, a gay bar in the city centre, before the attack, which occurred just after 1am on Sunday morning.
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.
19th September 2013
Scotland rejects calls for HPV vaccination to be given to boys 12
6:41 PM — Calls for a vaccination programme against the cancer-causing Human Papillomavirus (HPV) to be extended to include teenage boys have been rejected by the Scottish Government.
Scotland: Legal experts agree that a legal challenge against churches over equal marriage is unlikely 8
5:51 PM — Legal experts have responded to suggestions that churches which opt out of performing same-sex marriages will face legal challenges, to say that they are unlikely to face lawsuits on human rights grounds.
18th September 2013
Hillary Clinton: ‘Our communities and institutions are strongest when standing up for equality’ 5
4:27 PM — Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave an impassioned speech emphasising the importance of standing up for gay rights on receiving an honourary doctorate from St Andrews University.
17th September 2013
Exclusive: Lord of the Rings actor Billy Boyd backs equal marriage for Scotland 6
3:37 PM — Actor and musician Billy Boyd is the latest celebrity to speak out in favour of equal marriage in Scotland as part of the Equality Network’s It’s Time campaign.
Scotland: Two assaulted in ‘random and unprovoked’ homophobic attack in Edinburgh 3
1:46 PM — Two men were seriously assaulted in Edinburgh city centre on Saturday, as police are treating the incident as a homophobic hate crime.
16th September 2013
Scotland: Delegate slams ‘discriminatory views’ of Lib Dems who vote against same-sex marriage 18
11:19 AM — A delegate for the Scottish Liberal Democrats has said that in-party opposition to same-sex marriage is not a matter of free speech, and that "discriminatory views" cannot be defended or justified through religious "belief in a sky being."
15th September 2013
Lib Dems’ Baroness Williams defends opposition to same-sex marriage as an ‘issue of conscience’ 71
10:12 AM — Liberal Democrat peer Shirley Williams, who previously called the same-sex marriage debate a "conflict between equality and liberty," has defended her position after being challenged by an openly gay Church of Scotland minister.
13th September 2013
Scottish singer Michelle McManus: ‘I’m Catholic and I support equal marriage’ 25
2:02 PM — Scottish singer Michelle McManus has said she disagrees with the Catholic Church’s opposition to equal marriage, in a video recorded for the Equality Network’s It’s Time campaign.
12th September 2013
New inquiry for RAF fireman who killed himself after gay sex 15
6:09 PM — Detectives have reopened an investigation into the death of a young Scottish RAF firefighter who committed suicide after having sex with a man and had struggled with his sexuality.
Church of Scotland clarifies ‘there are no plans to stop weddings’ over same-sex marriage dispute 5
3:54 PM — Clarifying a statement made earlier today that the Church of Scotland was reviewing "whether it’s worth continuing to offer marriages in Scotland," the Church has said it is not in fact stopping weddings, but is simply exploring the "way it should continue" celebrating marriages.
Church of Scotland may stop performing weddings over the introduction of same-sex marriage 45
12:24 PM — The Church of Scotland has told MSPs it could stop performing weddings altogether over fears that same-sex marriages might be an "invitation" to future court action.
10th September 2013
Broadcaster Muriel Gray urges Scotland’s politicians to ‘examine your conscience’ on equal marriage 2
1:27 PM — Scottish author and broadcaster Muriel Gray has called on the Scottish Parliament to legalise equal marriage in a video recorded for the Equality Network’s It’s Time campaign.
9th September 2013
Exclusive: The Proclaimers say ‘it is vital’ that Scotland legalises equal marriage 2
1:01 PM — Scottish rock band The Proclaimers have urged the Scottish Parliament to back equal marriage in a video recorded as part of the Equality Network’s It’s Time campaign.
8th September 2013
Anti-gay MSP who said gay love isn’t ‘equal’ to straight love resigns seat over wife beating offences 32
2:53 PM — MSP Bill Walker, who is a vocal opponent to gay equality, has resigned from Scottish Parliament after being convicted of a series of domestic abuse offences against his three ex-wives.
6th September 2013
The top 12 strangest arguments against equal marriage from Scotland’s first day of Committee stage 45
5:36 PM — Yesterday the Scottish Parliament held its first evidence session on the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill; the legislation that could introduce equal marriage in Scotland.
Comment: This week saw a promising start for equal marriage legislation in Scotland 4
1:24 PM — The Equality Network's Tom French reflects on the first day of evidence heard by the Scottish Parliament around equal marriage legislation yesterday, saying it was a promising start to the bill's journey.
5th September 2013
Scotland: Parliamentary Committee begins to hear evidence around equal marriage bill 8
5:55 PM — Today, Scotland’s equal marriage bill began its journey through the Scottish Parliament as groups supporting and opposing the measure appeared before the Equal Opportunities Committee to give evidence.