Scottish Catholics submit anti-gay marriage petition

Catholic group hand petition of 1,000 signatures opposed to gay marriage to Scotland's Deputy First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon

Scottish Catholics submit anti-gay marriage petition
16 April 2012

A Catholic group in Scotland have handed an anti-gay marriage petition of 1,000 signatures to one of the country's senior politicians.

Members from the Knights of St Columba handed it to Nicola Sturgeon, the MSP for Glasgow Southside and Scotland's Deputy First Minister, at her surgery.

A public consultation on whether to legalize gay marriage in Scotland closed on the 9 December, attracting over 70,000 responses, making it the biggest consultation in the history of the Scottish Parliament.

The Scottish government is expected to take a decision on whether to move forward with legislation soon.

Brian Henry, organizer of the petition, told the BBC he didn't see any reason for a change in the law and 'the sanctity of marriage' is something which his group 'hold very strongly to'.

The plans would allow same-sex couples to tie the knot in a registry office or other civil ceremony, but religions will still be barred from hosting weddings, even if they wanted to.

Gay marriage proposals have been slammed by members of the Anglican and Catholic churches.

Cardinal Keith O’Brien, head of Scotland's Catholic Church, called the idea of gay marriage ‘grotesque’ and likened it to legalizing slavery.

Catholics were also urged to oppose gay marriage during masses on Sunday (11 March) in a letter written by the Archbishop of Westminster, calling Christians to protect the meaning of marriage.

Ms Sturgeon said: 'Decisions will be taken in due course and, as the government has always made clear, if the decision is to legislate for same-sex marriage then there will be protections to ensure that no religious group is compelled to take part in same-sex marriage.'

Stonewall Scotland director Colin Macfarlane said the majority of Scots support equal marriage.

He said: 'It’s right that everyone should have their say on the proposals, and that’s why the Scottish Government ran its consultation – to which 50,000 people responded.

'We look forward to the Scottish government’s response to the consultation and hope they will bring forward equal marriage legislation as soon as possible.’

HAVE YOUR SAY

MORE TOP STORIES

No thumbnail available
No thumbnail available

Olly Murs: My ideal man is George Clooney, David Beckham

British singer says if he was gay, he would go for talented, successful men like footballer David Beckham
No thumbnail available

Manchester Pride may ban arms firm exporting to anti-gay countries from marching

Moral questions raised over BAE Systems walking in the parade, with the firm's LGBT group saying they have every right to be there
No thumbnail available

Sexual orientation should be protected in Olympic charter, urge LGBT sport groups

Pride House International calls on the International Olympic Committee to protect LGBT athletes from discrimination ahead of the Sochi Winter Olympics 
No thumbnail available

Gay X Factor Rylan Clark 'really guilty' after Ella Henderson axed

Rylan Clark says he is 'gutted' bookie's favorite Ella Henderson went home instead of him
No thumbnail available

After power play by speaker, House committee in Indiana approves gay marriage ban bill

Proposed legislation was unexpectedly moved to more GOP-friendly committee this week to improve its chances
No thumbnail available

Argentina issues its first same-sex parent birth certificate

The capital city of Buenos Aires is registering Tobias, a three-week old boy born in India, to two fathers without differentiating between biological and paternal parent
No thumbnail available

Kazakhstan ad agency fined over gay poster

The company was found guilty of 'advertising goods and services banned in Kazakhstan'
No thumbnail available

GLAAD determined to carry on with workload after resignation of its president

Spokesman Wilson Cruz tells GSN: 'GLAAD has been here for 28 years and we're not going anywhere'
No thumbnail available

Adele tongue-lashes Chris Brown at Grammys

Gay icon apparently stands-up for Frank Ocean after Brown snubs his standing ovation at the Grammy Awards