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February 3, 2014

Scottish Government will be working with Westminster in an effort to implement the bill as early as possible

Scotland’s first gay weddings could take place as early as July, politicians have said.

The bill legalizing gay marriage in Scotland is expected to be pass overwhelmingly by Members of Scottish Parliament (MSPs) in a free vote tomorrow (4 January).

While it was expected the first gay weddings would take place in 2015, roughly a year after England and Wales, implementation could take far quicker than expected.

The Scottish Government announced they would work with the UK Government to speed up the process, as long as it passes the final vote.

February 1, 2014

Catholic adoption agency found to discriminate against same-sex couples wins appeal to retain charity status after Scottish appeals panel overturns decision

A Glasgow-based adoption agency which was found to discriminate against same-sex couples looking to adopt has won an appeal to retain its charity status.

St Margaret’s Children and Family Care Society had been told it would lose its charity status, but that decision has now been rejected by the Scottish Charity Appeals Panel.

St Margaret’s is run by the Catholic Church, and was one of several adoption agencies that resisted new adoption equality laws.

October 14, 2013

Scotland for Marriage is considering legal action against the government after 4000 responses to the gay marriage consultation went missing after a technical error on their website

A legal challenge to stop same-sex marriage from being made law in Scotland is likely to fail, gay rights campaigners have said.

Scotland for Marriage (SFM) have accused the government of acting 'unlawfully' to bring forward the legislation without a full consultation. 

After a technical error on their website, they said 4000 responses to the consultation on gay marriage was lost. They said the consultation was 'botched' and their voices were not heard.

September 1, 2013

Double evidence sessions with LGBT and religious groups to be held from Thursday

The Scottish Government is aiming to fast track the same sex marriage bill so it is signed into law as early as March next year, reports have indicated.

Scotland's same sex marriage bill was introduced in June this year, following pressure from Scottish Labor to bring it in sooner.

Groups such as the Scottish Transgender Alliance, Stonewall Scotland and LGBT Youth Scotland will go before the Scottish Parliament’s Equal Opportunities Committee on Thursday (05 September) to give oral evidence in support of the bill.

June 21, 2013

Alex Salmond's government will announce legislation for gay marriage and straight civil partnerships next week

Scotland is racing to catch up with England and Wales to give gay couples full equality under the law.

The devolved government are expected to finally outline their proposals to legalize same-sex marriage next week.

Going one step further than England and Wales, they are also expected to allow straight couples to enter civil partnerships.

Civil partnerships were first made legal in 2005, giving gay couples the ability to register their unions. They were given similar, but not all, the same legal recognition as married heterosexuals.

June 5, 2013

Scotland’s government pledges to develop an action plan to tackle homophobia in sport

The Scottish government pledged its commitment to tackle homophobia in sports, after a recent report by the Equality Network charity the problem is widespread.

The report revealed that 79% of people surveyed think homophobia is prevalent in sport, while 62% of LGBT people personally witnessed or experienced it.

94% think Scottish sport would be better off without homophobia and transphobia, while only 5% think enough is being currently done.

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 23, 2013

Scots gay rights campaigners and politicians tell Scottish government to act now so that Scotland does not fall behind England and Wales in legalizing marriage equality

Scottish LGBT rights campaigners and leading politicians have called upon Scotland’s government to publish a timetable for the introduction of a marriage equality bill.

The move comes after the UK House of Commons have voted for marriage equality; with a final vote in the House of Lords expected soon, commentators say Edinburgh is falling behind England and Wales.

Speaking with Gay Star News, Colin McFarlane, director of Stonewall Scotland commented: 'The Commons overwhelmingly voted to extend the legal form of marriage to same-sex couples in England and Wales.

May 23, 2013

Scots gay rights campaigners and politicians tell Scottish government to act now so that Scotland does not fall behind England and Wales in legalizing marriage equality

Scottish LGBT rights campaigners and leading politicians have called upon Scotland’s government to publish a timetable for the introduction of a marriage equality bill.

The move comes after the UK House of Commons have voted for marriage equality; with a final vote in the House of Lords expected soon, commentators say Edinburgh is falling behind England and Wales.

Speaking with Gay Star News, Colin McFarlane, director of Stonewall Scotland commented: 'The Commons overwhelmingly voted to extend the legal form of marriage to same-sex couples in England and Wales.

March 29, 2013

The Rainbow Project and Amnesty International warn Northern Ireland’s government that it will face court action if it continues to ban same-sex marriage

Amnesty International in partnership with a local LGBT group warned that Northern Ireland's power-sharing government will soon face a human rights legal case over its continual refusal to legalize marriage equality.

In October 2012 members of Northern Ireland's Stormont assembly rejected a motion by the Greens and Sinn Féin to legalize marriage equality.

March 20, 2013

Public consultation on equal marriage bill in Scotland will end today and anti-gay campaigners are trying to include opt-outs, education bans and restrictions on teachers

LGBT people and their allies in Scotland have less than five hours to ensure a public consultation on gay marriage goes their way.

Anti-gay campaigners are trying to derail the Scottish Parliament’s marriage equality bill – calling for limitations so officials can refuse to wed lesbian and gay couples and teachers can tell their pupils that gay marriage is wrong.

And the public consultation on the bill will close at 5pm local time this evening (20 March).

March 10, 2013

Gay rights campaigners warn that opponents of marriage equality are attempting to reintroduced previously repealed ban against 'promotion of homosexuality in Scots schools

Equality campaigners in Scotland warned that an anti-gay educational ban repealed in 2000 (called Section 28) could be introduced by 'stealth' as an add on to Scotland's gay marriage bill.

March 6, 2013

Scotland’s Charity Regulator has upheld is ruling against a Catholic adoption agency and told if it doesn't lift its ban on applications from gay couples it will lose its charitable status

The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) has upheld its previous ruling that warned a Catholic adoption agency to stop discriminating against gay people, by excluding them from becoming adopters, or lose its charitable status.

The ruling followed a complaint from the National Secular Society against St Margaret's Children and Family Care Society in Glasgow.

February 27, 2013

Having said gay marriage is 'right thing to do', Nicola Sturgeon is told supporting it may be 'a vote loser'

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said the Scottish Government should legalize gay marriage, but is now being told she would 'lose more than she would gain'.

Adil Bhatti, former SNP national council member, said: 'The gay community don't have that many votes compared to those that you would lose from the religious groups like the Muslims and the Catholics.

February 23, 2013

Leader of UK's Roman Catholic Church suggested that priests should be given the choice to get married but not gays

The UK’s most senior Catholic cleric said that male priests should be able to marry women, while bitterly opposing gay marriage.

During an interview with BBC Scotland, Cardinal Keith O’Brien stated that Jesus did not say that clergy should remain celibate.

February 3, 2013

Anti-gay marriage campaign tactics have been slammed as scaremongering by Scotland's equality campaigners

Scotland for Marriage, an anti-gay marriage campaign group has warned that the same-sex marriage bill will compromise ‘civil liberty’, that anyone opposing it could be ‘sacked’, refused as foster parents, and discriminated in school.

The stepping up of the anti-gay marriage campaign comes as the Scottish Government launched a consultation on its draft legislation to legalise same-sex marriage in December.

Equality campaigners have slammed today (3 Feburary) the group for misleading information and anti-gay scare tactics.

January 31, 2013

Scotland anti-gay marriage campaigner warns marriage equality may force school children into ‘homosexual lessons’ and damage freedom of speech

Rosemary Cameron, a campaigner against marriage equality said that people who object to gay marriage risk being discriminated against if new legislation goes ahead.

Speaking today (31 January) to the daily Dunfermline Press Cameron said she felt that ‘pro-gay people are trying to impose their views’ on her.

January 7, 2013

Glasgow's Catholic Emeritus Archibishop slams Scottish government for planning to legalize gay marriage which he says is 'morally defective'

One of the country's top Catholic clerics has claimed same-sex relationships are ‘morally defective.’

Mario Conti, Archibishop Emeritus of Glasgow also attacked the Scottish Government for the ‘profoundly unwise’ decision to ‘equate homosexual unions with heterosexual marriage’ by legalising marriage equality.

December 25, 2012

80s singing star Boy George and Paralympian Claire Harvey among those to back Lesbian and Gay Foundation’s Love Equal Marriage campaign

Celebrities have thrown their weight behind a push to get marriage equality out of the debating chamber and onto the statute books in Britain.

The Lesbian and Gay Foundation (LGF), north-west England’s leading LGBT organization, is leading the Love Equal Marriage campaign.

The UK government has brought forward proposals for full marriage equality for England and Wales and the Scottish government is also taking action with both bills set to be debated in 2013.

December 17, 2012

Same-sex marriage equality has dominated the gay year in Scotland and seen a youthful and dynamic campaign emerge

There’s no doubt 2012 has been a momentous and emotional year for LGBT Scots, as well as an incredibly busy one.

It started off with some sad news for LGBT campaigners not just in Scotland, but across Europe. The death of the former Labour Member of the European Parliament Janey Buchan was a huge loss. Although I never had the chance to meet Janey, her reputation was well known in Scotland as someone who believed strongly in equality for LGBT people the world over.

December 13, 2012

Scotland makes history by becoming the first part of the United Kingdom to publish legislation to allow same-sex marriage

The Scottish government launched the ‘Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill’, which will introduce marriage equality, yesterday (12 December) alongside a 14-week consultation on its implementation.

The draft legislation will allow same-sex marriage in Scotland and give all religious and belief bodies (for example Humanist) the right to conduct same-sex marriages, if they wish to do so.

The bill will also remove the requirement on a married or civil partnered transgender person to divorce before obtaining full Gender Recognition.

November 1, 2012

Analysis of official Scottish health survey findings shows lesbians and gays drink at hazardous or harmful levels, as well as possibly facing a problem with smoking  

Scotland’s chief statistician today announced the publication of a Scottish Health Survey topic report on 'equality groups'.

The report found that respondents who identify as lesbian and gay drank and smoke more than the average general population.

Equality campaigners called upon the Scottish government to expand future research and better address health needs of the LGBT community in the country.

September 23, 2012

Terms like ‘husband’ and ‘wife’ will be obsolete if the Scottish government goes ahead with introducing same-sex marriage, warns the Free Church of Scotland 

The Free Church of Scotland claimed that terms such as ‘husband’ and ‘wife’ could vanish from official paperwork if the Scottish Government legalise same-sex marriage.

In addition the church said its ‘unconvinced’ by the safeguards being proposed by the government to people and institutions who object to gay marriage.

September 19, 2012

An online petition opposing plans to legislate marriage equality attracted over 30,000 signatures. The petition has been widely criticised as misleading, scaremongering and out of touch with a majority of Scots opinion

An online petition had managed to attracted over 30,000 signatories against Scotland's proposed marriage equality bill.

The Scottish Government announced in July that it proposes bringing in legislation for marriage equality, which will allow same-sex couples to the right wed as their straight counterparts.

Scottish Ministers declared that it is the ‘right thing to do’ in a move that received widespread support from the public, equality, human rights and faith campaigners.