Stonewall Scotland today welcomed the Scottish Government’s announcement that it plans to extend the legal form of marriage to same sex couples.
Colin Macfarlane, Director of Stonewall Scotland, said: ‘Thousands of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Scots and their families will be delighted with today’s announcement. So will the majority of Scots who want our nation to be a beacon of respect and fairness. In recent months Scotland has been subject to a vitriolic campaign by some people who want to impose their 19th century values on a 21st century nation. These proposals will send a clear signal that there’s no place for such bigotry in modern Scotland.’
‘We now urge the Scottish and UK Governments to work together to ensure that any amendment to the Equality Act is dealt with quickly and won’t delay the introduction of the Bill to the Scottish Parliament.’
‘At Stonewall Scotland we’ve never sought so-called “gay rights”. All we’ve ever sought are exactly the same rights and entitlements that everyone else takes for granted. We know that the thousands of individual supporters who make Stonewall Scotland’s campaigning possible will now be looking to their MSPs to show their commitment to equality and vote to say I do to equal marriage.’
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