It has been 75 days since I was sitting in the public gallery of the Scottish Parliament listening to the stage 1 debate Scotland’s Equal Marriage Bill. But finally the stage 3 debate is only a matter of hours away and Equal Marriage in Scotland is within touching distance.
I say Equal Marriage because as the bill stands at the moment it not only provides a balance between equality and freedoms of religion and speech; it has also removed the spousal veto on gender recognition. The bill is truly equal for all members of the LGBT Community in Scotland.
However there have been a handful of amendments submitted by MSP’s that would roll back equality by introducing unnecessary and discriminatory special “protections” for opposition to same-sex marriage. I hope that MSP’s vote against these amendments.
By the end of March, the first Same Sex Marriages in England and Wales can officially begin to take place and there are hopes that Scotland will follow suit by the end of 2014.
I’m looking forward to seeing Scotland become the 17th country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage.
The final debate begins at 2PM and the final vote at 6pm – WATCH HERE: http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/newsandmediacentre/66743.aspx