Same-sex marriage in Scotland
July 25, 2012 4:15 AM Subscribe
posted by Dim Siawns (69 comments total)
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The Scottish Government has announced
that it intends to legalise same-sex marriage, and will produce a draft bill for public consultation within the year.
Following a recent poll
by Stonewall Scotland and a survey
[pdf] by the Scottish Government, both showing support from a majority of the Scottish population, the SNP government has announced
it will bring forward a bill (which will be passed or blocked by a free vote
in parliament) that will form the basis of legislation legalising same-sex marriage, with the Deputy First Minister suggesting that same-sex couples "want to strengthen the institution of marriage by being a part of it"
It was originally expected that the government would make an announcement on the 10th of this month, but this was delayed following a cabinet meeting, possibly due to potential clashes with the UK Equalities Act