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Scottish petition to ban gay marriage under fire

Equality campaigners call Preserving Marriage petition 'outdated, inaccurate' and 'appalling'

Scottish petition to ban gay marriage under fire

A petition calling on the Scottish Government to make no changes to the current definition of marriage as being a union between a man and a woman has come under fire from equality campaigners.

The Preseving Marriage petition, which currently has 2,587 signatures, was started by Amy King and opposes the proposed introduction of same-sex marriage in Scotland.

In the petition, King argues that people of the same gender should not be allowed to marry due to the 'poor social outcomes for homosexual adults' including 'higher rates of domestic violence, suicide, STDs, and mental illness.'

Children will also be at risk if there is a change to the law, warns King: 'This change would have huge implications for what is taught and promoted in schools and in wider society.

'Schools would be expected to promote samesex marriage to children as equal to man/woman marriage, creating confusion and going against the wishes of many parents.'

King then goes on to suggest that marriage between same-sex couples will lead Scottish society into 'sexual chaos' and will open the door to the legalisation of polygamy.

Tom French, Policy Coordinator for the Equality Network has said in response to the petition: 'The derogatory views expressed in this petition are outdated, inaccurate and homophobic.

'If similar claims were made on the basis of race they would rightly be condemned as racist, and I have no doubt that most people will find such claims against LGBT people equally appalling.

French continues: 'We welcome Scottish Government proposals to lift the ban on same-sex marriage. For us this is a simple issue of love and equality. We believe that loving same-sex couples are entitled to equal treatment under the law and in society.'

In August 2011, the findings from the Scottish Social Attitudes survey were published, indicating that 61% of respondents agreed that gay and lesbian couples should be allowed to marry.