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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 12, 2013

Church is considering stopping marriages altogether if it means they have to marry gay couples

The Church of Scotland is considering a stop to conducting all marriages if they have to marry gay couples.

Reverend Alan Hamilton spoke about the church’s stance on gay marriage after a meeting with Scottish Parliament’s Equal Opportunities Committee today (12 September).

‘Marriage is a binding force for good and will continue to be so for many years and generations to come,' to The Scotsman.

‘We hold to the historical understanding held by most Christians around the world that marriage is between one man and one woman.’

July 19, 2012

Email which BBC claims suggests Scotland is waiting for a change in UK law before making a decision on gay marriage has been 'misinterpreted'

An email which the BBC says suggests the Scottish government may wait for a change in UK law before making a decision on gay marriage has been ‘misinterpreted’, an LGBT rights group claims.

July 10, 2012

Scotland for Marriage poll appears to suggest that over half of Scots oppose same-sex marriage, equality campaigners point flaws and bias 

A poll published Tuesday (10 July) and conducted by ComRes on behalf of the religious anti-gay campaign group Scotland for Marriage, appears to suggest most Scots oppose same-sex marriage.

The poll states that 55% of Scots agreed with the statement: ‘Marriage should continue to be defined as a life-long exclusive commitment between a man and a woman’ and that 50% of Scots want a referendum on the question of same-sex marriage.

April 30, 2012

Faith groups in Scotland form equal marriage coalition as Christian group launches anti-gay marriage campaign in Glasgow

Faith groups in Scotland have united in support of gay marriage as Christian opponents launch a new campaign against the plans.

A coalition of faith groups and religious leaders met in Edinburgh today (30 April) to launch a new campaign to lift the ban on religious same-sex marriages in Scotland.

The Faith in Marriage group, which includes the United Reformed Church, the Quakers, Buddhists and the Pagan Federation, handed over an open letter to MSPs demanding the right to conduct same-sex marriages.