The government of Scotland has decided to disregard the wishes of two-thirds of its citizens and move ahead with legislation to legalize same-sex marriage. According to Britain’s Telegraph newspaper, Scottish Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced July 25 that she would push though legislation to legalize homosexual partnerships even though 64 percent of respondents to a recent public consultation indicated they opposed the move. Sturgeon said she would like to have homosexual marriage ceremonies begin in the country in 2015, the same year Britain’s Prime Minister, David Cameron, is pushing for them to begin in England.
Sturgeon said that that the ruling Scottish National Party is “committed to a Scotland that is fair and equal and that is why we intend to proceed with plans to allow same-sex marriage and religious ceremonies for civil partnerships. We believe that this is the right thing to do. We are also mindful of the fact that the leaders of all of the other parties represented in parliament support same-sex marriage and that there is significant parliamentary support for legislation.”
Reuters News reported that the announcement by the Scottish government follows the pledge by Britain’s Prime Minister Cameron that he would move ahead with legislation to legalize homosexual partnerships in England. On July 24 Cameron told a group of homosexuals in London that he was “determined” to push through the unpopular legislation despite opposition within his own Conservative Party. Cameron apologetically told his homosexual audience that his party had wrongly limited marriage to only between a man and woman. “It locked people out who were naturally Conservative from supporting it,” he said, “and so I think I can make that point to the Church, gently.”
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Photos: (Left) Scottish Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon; (right) The Burning Bush emblem of the Church of Scotland, above the entrance to the Church Offices in Edinburgh.