Scotland's move to legalize same-sex marriage gets (mostly) positive reaction

Posted by Randy Shulman
July 26, 2012 5:52 PM |

A sampling of the reaction to the Scottish government's decision to introduce a same-sex marriage bill.

Hazel Marzetti, NUS Scotland:

"Thousands of students contacted the Scottish government and urged them to back equal marriage. The government has listened to these voices and demonstrated that Scotland is a shining example of a progressive, inclusive society that others should take their lead from. It's now time for the leading religious institutions who have fought so hard against this legislation to see the light and welcome loving couples who wish to be married in their institution into their fold."

The Free Church of Scotland:

"This is a truly sad day for Scotland, and we urge the Scottish government to reconsider their plans."

Grahame Smith, general secretary, STUC:

"We know that too many LGBT workers are isolated at work, because they fear their colleagues' negative reaction to coming out about their relationships. The introduction of equal marriage sends a strong signal that diverse relationships and families are to be celebrated and supported in a modern Scotland."

Colin Macfarlane, director of Stonewall Scotland:

"We've never sought so-called gay rights -- all we've ever sought are exactly the same rights and entitlements that everyone else takes for granted."

Spokesman for the Catholic Church in Scotland:

"[I]n the short term and long term the church does not see same-sex marriage as an appropriate and helpful response to same-sex attraction."

Primary Source: BBC News

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