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Stonewall welcomes consultation on equal marriage

Stonewall Scotland is delighted that the Scottish Government is delivering on its promise to consult on marriage equality for same sex couples. 

Director Alan Wardle said: “Along with a growing majority of Scots, we believe gay, lesbian and bisexual couples should have equal legal access to civil marriage, with no mandate on religious organisations to celebrate it. We also seek to retain civil partnerships for same sex couples recognising their special and unique status.

“People of faith are as widely represented in the lesbian and gay communities as in all others and there are many lesbian and gay people of devout faith who wish to marry, with the support of their religious organisations. We strongly support a permissive approach to enable the various religious denominations who wish to register and celebrate marriage on their premises to do so. A number of religious groups - including the Quakers, Liberal Judaism and the Unitarian Church - already publicly support such a change.”


Notes

  • Stonewall Scotland works to achieve equality and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
  • Securing the right for same sex couples to marry on the same basis as mixed sex couples is a policy priority for Stonewall. We seek to secure marriage for same sex couples as a civil vehicle on the same basis as heterosexual marriage, available in a registry office but without a mandate on religious organisations to celebrate it. We seek to retain civil partnerships for lesbian and gay people recognising their special and unique status.
  • The Scottish Social Attitudes Survey 2010 showed that 61% of Scots ‘agreed that gay and lesbian couples should be allowed to marry’

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