Thursday, August 2, 2012
Scotland to Move Forward with Marriage Equality
On July 25th, the Scottish Government announced that they are ready to move forward with legislation to allow same-sex marriage starting in 2015. Both of Scottish major political parties have backed this plan for Marriage Equality. This piece of legislation has also been set up with other key provisions that allow for religious bodies to opt-out of performing these ceremonies, which is in line with current United Kingdom law. The Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was quoted a saying that, "We are committed to a Scotland that is fair and equal and that is why we intend to proceed with plans to allow same sex marriage and religious ceremonies for civil partnerships. We believe that this is the right thing to do." Obviously, this is a major milestone in Marriage Equality as as another government is now moving forward to bring equal rights to same-sex couples, while compromising with dissenters as well. This could and should be a model for other countries to follow to show that everyone can get their way in legalizing same-sex marriage.
Posted by Jordan at 11:22 PM