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.
Cameron, of Fife for Marriage, an offshoot of the anti-gay marriage campaign group Scotland for Marriage, also said people opposing same-sex marriage are often labelled ‘bigots’ and ‘feel they can’t speak out’ as their views are not respect.
A Dunfermline Free Church goer, Cameron warned: ‘We face the prospect of employees being sacked for opposing same-sex marriage and couples being rejected as foster parents if they do not agree with the new legislation.
‘Schoolchildren could also be forced to attend homosexual lessons, with books promoting same-sex relationships expected to be used in primary schools across Scotland if marriage is redefined.
‘Pressure will be piled on teachers to use such books and parents may also find it difficult to withdraw children from classes’.
The Scottish government introduced a draft bill on marriage equality which ensures churches, and individuals within them, do not have to conduct same-sex marriages if they do not agree with them.
The measures in the draft bill, introduced in December and now open for public consultation, include provision that introducing gay marriage will not impact on rights to freedom of speech.
Speaking with GSN, Colin Macfarlane, director of gay rights group Stonewall Scotland said: ‘Rosemary is absolutely entitled to her view and we would hope she would express that view in a dignified and respectful manner.
‘We’ve never called anyone a bigot just because they don’t agree with us but in just the past 12 months some of the language used by opponents of equal marriage has gone well beyond what any normal person would call a decent level of public discourse – including comparing gay people to slave owners and bestiality.
‘Whilst we understand some people have concerns about equal marriage, it’s deeply disappointing to see such time and resource being spent on spreading factually incorrect information on issues such as education and employment law – talk of school children being forced to attend “homosexual lessons” is nothing short of dishonest and I’d urge Rosemary to question Fife for Marriage on the validity of the information they’ve given her’.
Tom French, Policy Coordinator for the Equality Network, told GSN: ‘LGBT people are entitled to full equality, and that includes equal marriage rights for same-sex couples.
‘We are deeply concerned by the anti-gay agenda being pursued by Scotland for Marriage and urge all supporters of equality to respond to the Scottish Government consultation on the draft equal marriage bill to ensure all voices are heard’.
The Equality Network is encouraging equal marriage supporters to respond to the consultation here.
The deadline for responding to the consultation is 5pm, Wednesday 20 March.