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September 19, 2014

First Minister resigns after the country votes to stay in the union with the rest of the United Kingdom

Alex Salmond, the First Minister of Scotland that helped to pass same-sex marriage, is to step down.

He will also resign as leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) after he lost the independence vote. The nation voted 55% against breaking up the union, and 45% were in favor of independence.

He said: 'For me as leader my time is nearly over but for Scotland the campaign continues and the dream shall never die.'

Salmond was an early supporter of same-sex marriage.

November 20, 2013

Religious leaders are furious and gay rights campaigners are hoping, it's the most eagerly awaited date in Scottish gay rights in recent memory

Scotland is preparing for the most crucial vote on same-sex marriage today (20 November).

If the marriage equality bill passes, then it is very likely Scottish gay couples will be given the right to marry in the near future.

Scottish Parliament will begin discussing the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill at around 5pm, before coming to a stage one vote at around 8pm.

While it looks set to pass, it is still unknown whether a majority of MSPs will vote to introduce equal marriage or reject the bill and deny LGBT people marriage equality.

November 20, 2013

Religious leaders are furious and gay rights campaigners are hoping, it's the most eagerly awaited date in Scottish gay rights in recent memory

Scotland is preparing for the most crucial vote on same-sex marriage today (20 November).

If the marriage equality bill passes, then it is very likely Scottish gay couples will be given the right to marry in the near future.

Scottish Parliament will begin discussing the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill at around 5pm, before coming to a stage one vote at around 8pm.

While it looks set to pass, it is still unknown whether a majority of MSPs will vote to introduce equal marriage or reject the bill and deny LGBT people marriage equality.

July 1, 2013

Nearly 90 now support the bill, with First Minister Alex Salmond, all Cabinet ministers, the leaders of each of the three opposition parties, and every Liberal Democrat also in favor

The majority of Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) support same-sex marriage, giving a much-needed boost to the recently revealed legislation.

Using polling evidence from recent years, The Equality Network suggests more than two thirds politicians support the bill.

There are now 89 MSPs who have stated their support, including the First Minister Alex Salmond, all Cabinet ministers, the leaders of each of the three opposition parties, and every Liberal Democrat.

Only 11 MSPs have said they oppose the bill, with 29 undecided.

June 15, 2013

Officers of the Gay Police Association of Scotland have launched an 'It gets better' video, coinciding with their participation in Pride Scotia

The Gay Police Association of Scotland (GPA) launched today (15 June) a video featuring police officers and police staff from across the country discussing what it was like for them growing up as gay, lesbian or transgender.

Officers give a frank and candid accounts of their experiences including their perceptions of gay people, coming out to family members and friends and how their lives have changed since then.

May 28, 2013

Same-sex marriages in Scotland could take place as early as September 2014, according to Health Secretary Alex Neil

The Scottish government will introduce a bill to allow same-sex marriage in June.

Ministers have promised to change the law, but also to protect the rights of religious groups who do not want to carry out ceremonies.

Alex Salmond, the First Minister of Scotland, has remained resolutely in favor of introducing same-sex marriage to Scotland, while the Church of Scotland and the Roman Catholic Church are against the plans.

May 28, 2013

Same-sex marriages in Scotland could take place as early as September 2014, according to Health Secretary Alex Neil

The Scottish government will introduce a bill to allow same-sex marriage in June.

Ministers have promised to change the law, but also to protect the rights of religious groups who do not want to carry out ceremonies.

Alex Salmond, the First Minister of Scotland, has remained resolutely in favor of introducing same-sex marriage to Scotland, while the Church of Scotland and the Roman Catholic Church are against the plans.

January 23, 2013

Scottish National Party official quits over the party's leadership support of gay marriage

Andrew Walker has left the Scottish National Party (SNP) stating the one of the reasons was Alex Salmond’s, Scotland’s First Minister and party leader, support of gay marriage.

Walker who resigned also resigned from his post as secretary of the SNP branch in the Western Isles, said that the party's and Salmond’s support of marriage equality ignores Scotland’s ‘majority views’.

January 23, 2013

Scottish National Party official quits over the party's leadership support of gay marriage

Andrew Walker has left the Scottish National Party (SNP) stating the one of the reasons was Alex Salmond’s, Scotland’s First Minister and party leader, support of gay marriage.

Walker who resigned also resigned from his post as secretary of the SNP branch in the Western Isles, said that the party's and Salmond’s support of marriage equality ignores Scotland’s ‘majority views’.

October 14, 2012

Gordon Wilson, who led the Scottish Nationalists in the 1980s, has attacked government plans for marriage equality

A former Scottish National Party leader has attacked plans to introduce gay marriage, calling the legislation ‘a step towards fascism’.

Gordon Wilson, who led the party from 1979 to 1990, told BBC Scotland the consultation showed the public were not in favor of marriage equality.

He added political correctness was now occupying a position ‘to which it has no right’ and when the state moves into legislating on same-sex marriage it becomes ‘a step towards fascism’.

October 14, 2012

Gordon Wilson, who led the Scottish Nationalists in the 1980s, has attacked government plans for marriage equality

A former Scottish National Party leader has attacked plans to introduce gay marriage, calling the legislation ‘a step towards fascism’.

Gordon Wilson, who led the party from 1979 to 1990, told BBC Scotland the consultation showed the public were not in favor of marriage equality.

He added political correctness was now occupying a position ‘to which it has no right’ and when the state moves into legislating on same-sex marriage it becomes ‘a step towards fascism’.

September 4, 2012

The Scottish parliament is likely to debate gay marriage equality within the next parliamentary session, First Minister Alex Salmond has announced

The Scottish government is due to debate same-sex marriage equality within their 2012 to 2013 session, it has been announced.

It will be part of a package of 15 bills brought forward to the Holyrood chamber in Edinburgh over the next 12 months.

First Minister Alex Salmond has just announced details of his legislative program for the next year and paved the way for a referendum in 2014 on Scottish independence from Britain.

Same-sex marriage equality will also be brought forward in a Marriage and Civil Partnership Bill.

September 4, 2012

The Scottish parliament is likely to debate gay marriage equality within the next parliamentary session, First Minister Alex Salmond has announced

The Scottish government is due to debate same-sex marriage equality within their 2012 to 2013 session, it has been announced.

It will be part of a package of 15 bills brought forward to the Holyrood chamber in Edinburgh over the next 12 months.

First Minister Alex Salmond has just announced details of his legislative program for the next year and paved the way for a referendum in 2014 on Scottish independence from Britain.

Same-sex marriage equality will also be brought forward in a Marriage and Civil Partnership Bill.

August 26, 2012

Catholic priests are reading out a letter condemning marriage equality and attacking Scotland's government

Catholic priests will be reading out a letter attacking government plans to legalize gay marriage today (26 August).

Firing off their major weapon in its ‘war’ against marriage equality, the Catholic Church has produced the letter to be read out in each of Scotland’s parishes in celebration of ‘National Marriage Sunday’.

The letter states their ‘deep disappointment that the Scottish Government has decided to redefine marriage and legislate for same sex marriage.’

August 19, 2012

Britain’s most senior Roman Catholic cleric, Cardinal Keith O’Brien, is suspending direct talks with the Scottish government

Britain's most senior Catholic, Cardinal Keith O’Brien, is now refusing to talk to Scottish ministers in protest about their plans for gay marriage equality.

According to the BBC, the cardinal made this decision following the Scottish government support for the introduction of same-sex marriage and ahead of the resumption of parliamentary session in September.

August 19, 2012

Britain’s most senior Roman Catholic cleric, Cardinal Keith O’Brien, is suspending direct talks with the Scottish government

Britain's most senior Catholic, Cardinal Keith O’Brien, is now refusing to talk to Scottish ministers in protest about their plans for gay marriage equality.

According to the BBC, the cardinal made this decision following the Scottish government support for the introduction of same-sex marriage and ahead of the resumption of parliamentary session in September.

July 20, 2012

Cardinal Keith O'Brien strikes back in his 'war' on same-sex marriage, slamming the Scottish government's refusal to hold a referendum on the issue

The leader of the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland and the most senior Catholic in the UK, Cardinal Keith O’Brien has launched a new attack in his 'war' on same-sex marriage.

This time he's aiming at the Scottish government's rejection of his demand to hold a referendum on marriage equality.

July 18, 2012

Alex Salmond, First Minister of Scotland affirms his support of same-sex marriage and outlines a road map

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond has today (18 July) confirmed he personally backs same-sex marriage.

He made his comment during a press briefing at Bute House, Edinburgh, his official residence.

He told Alan Roden, political editor of the Daily Mail Scotland, that he affirms his previous statement of support of support to gay marriage saying: ‘I haven’t changed my mind.’

July 18, 2012

Alex Salmond, First Minister of Scotland affirms his support of same-sex marriage and outlines a road map

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond has today (18 July) confirmed he personally backs same-sex marriage.

He made his comment during a press briefing at Bute House, Edinburgh, his official residence.

He told Alan Roden, political editor of the Daily Mail Scotland, that he affirms his previous statement of support of support to gay marriage saying: ‘I haven’t changed my mind.’

July 8, 2012

Leader of Scotland's Roman Catholic Church has promised an 'unprecedented backlash' if marriage equality is legalized

Cardinal Keith O’Brien, the man that compared legalizing gay marriage with bringing back slavery, has declared war.

The leader of Scottish Roman Catholic Church has warned of an unprecedented backlash if Alex Salmond, Scotland’s first minister, presses ahead with plans to legalize gay marriage.

May 12, 2012

Alex Salmond mocks the idea of UK Prime Minister David Cameron being a 'progressive world leader'

Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond has rejected a call to make an early pledge that Scotland will legalise gay marriage.

Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie asked Scottish National Party leader Salmond during First Minister’s Questions whether he would confirm the country would bring in marriage equality.

In reply, Salmond said the matter had to be dealt with ‘sensitively and properly’. He added a consultation was still continuing.

May 12, 2012

Alex Salmond mocks the idea of UK Prime Minister David Cameron being a 'progressive world leader'

Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond has rejected a call to make an early pledge that Scotland will legalise gay marriage.

Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie asked Scottish National Party leader Salmond during First Minister’s Questions whether he would confirm the country would bring in marriage equality.

In reply, Salmond said the matter had to be dealt with ‘sensitively and properly’. He added a consultation was still continuing.

December 15, 2011

Extremist Christians lobby First Minister Alex Salmond against equal same-sex marriage plans

Evangelical church ministers are urging First Minister Alex Salmond not to allow gay couples to marry in Scotland.

They are handing over a letter on Thursday (15 December) at St Andrew's House in Edinburgh asking Mr Salmond to support the current definition of marriage.

Same-sex couples can enter a civil partnership which carries full legal rights but the ceremony cannot be conducted in a place of worship.

December 15, 2011

Extremist Christians lobby First Minister Alex Salmond against equal same-sex marriage plans

Evangelical church ministers are urging First Minister Alex Salmond not to allow gay couples to marry in Scotland.

They are handing over a letter on Thursday (15 December) at St Andrew's House in Edinburgh asking Mr Salmond to support the current definition of marriage.

Same-sex couples can enter a civil partnership which carries full legal rights but the ceremony cannot be conducted in a place of worship.