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.
1st October 2013
Footballer Fraser Mullen: I deeply regret my ‘stupid’ anti-gay tweet 33
6:18 PM — Hibernian footballer Fraser Mullen has made a full apology over his homophobic remark on Twitter.
Spokesman for Hibernian footballer Fraser Mullen says anti-gay tweet was a ‘mistake’ 27
1:19 PM — A spokesman for Hibernian footballer Fraser Mullen says it was a "mistake" of him to make a homophobic remark on Twitter.
30th September 2013
Scotland: Hibernian footballer criticised for tweet at ‘homosexual poof’ 38
6:18 PM — Hibernian footballer Fraser Mullen has been criticised for making homophobic remarks on Twitter.
Scottish Archbishop: Catholics may need ‘two weddings’ as a result of equal marriage plans 37
1:26 PM — The Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh says the introduction of equal marriage in Scotland may mean Catholics will have to exchange their vows twice.
Labour MSP Elaine Smith: Why not legalise polygamy? if gays are allowed to marry 183
11:26 AM — Labour MSP Elaine Smith, who previously claimed she's not homophobic, has been criticised for mentioning polygamy in the debate for equal marriage in Scotland.
26th September 2013
Survey: 40% of LGBT young people believe they have mental health problems 25
11:57 AM — A new report shows young LGBT people are far more likely to experience mental health problems.
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.