Gay Marriage in Scotland: Parliament to Ask Scottish Government to Review Marriage Act

By LGBT Network Staff Writer

EDINBURGH, March 17, 2009 (LGBT Network)  –  The Scottish Parliament Public Petitions committee agreed this afternoon that the Scottish Government should be asked to amend the Marriage (Scotland) Act 1977, and if not, details the reasons for its refusal.

Speaking in support of the petition, Shirley-Anne Sommerville said she feels that the law as it stands, is “unfortunate” and she wishes her support to be “put on the record”.

Anne McLaughlin MSP said she would like to see Scotland taking a lead in Europe, and avoid waiting on the outcome of the Ruling from the European Court of Human Rights.

Declaring membership of the Episcopal Church, Robin Harper MSP, confirmed that he agrees that the Scottish Government should be asked to state its situation on the amendment of the Marriage (Scotland) Act 1977.

Speaking about a ceremony he attended, John Wilson MSP strongly felt that the marriage legislation should “encompass the whole of society”.

Nanette Milne MSP said she is “open minded” and had “no objection” to the Scottish Government being contacted.

And Marlyn Glen MSP added that the Equality Network should be asked for a submission of evidence.

All in all, this was a good outcome. Petition organisers said. The petition is on hold and a number of religious and non-religious groups will be asked to submit evidence.

The Scottish Government will be asked to clarify its situation and will be asked if it intends to amend the legislation, if not, to explain its reasons for not amending it.