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Scottish parliament announces date for final vote on same-sex marriage bill

Thursday, January 23, 2014

EDINBURGH, Scotland — The Scottish Parliament announced Tuesday that it scheduled the final debate and vote on its same-sex marriage legislation for February 4.

ScotlandThe bill passed its initial debate and first reading last November 98-15.

Last week, the Scottish Parliament’s Equal Opportunities Committee unanimously voted to pass an amendment removing the spousal veto from the bill that grants married transgender people legal recognition of their gender without being forced to obtain written consent from their spouse.

Stage two of proceedings for the marriage bill were then completed.

According to a spokesperson for the Scottish Equality Network, the group is not seeking any additional amendments to the bill.

“After six years of campaigning for equal marriage there is now less than a fortnight to go until the final vote,” said Tom French, policy coordinator for Scottish Equality Network.

“Scotland can be proud that we have produced one of the most progressive equal marriage bills in the world, and it vital that everyone who supports LGBT equality now contacts our MSPs to protect against any negative amendments being made and to make sure this bill passes into law with the strong majority it deserves,” he said.

A recent poll found a majority of Scotland’s population, 56 percent, support the legislation and marriage rights for same-sex couples.

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16 more reader comments:

  1. Kimberley McClelland

    Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 7:47pm
  2. Juelda Drye-Papini

    Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 7:49pm
  3. why cant america finally just do it

    Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 7:54pm
  4. Garrett Piersa

    Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 7:56pm
  5. When????

    Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 8:10pm
  6. Come in Scotland do the right thing!

    Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 8:25pm
  7. At LONG Last…… Come on Already! Why is the SNP delaying Equality? No-doubt counting Votes over Equality of All its Citizens !

    Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 8:42pm
  8. I would love to be married in my motha land

    Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 8:52pm
  9. Scotland is clearly doing it right.

    Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 8:57pm
  10. Northern Ireland should follow regardless of what the DUP says

    Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 10:35pm
  11. Are they going to vote on heterosexual marriage too or is it just voting to see if people still want their bigotry and discrimination to be legal against gays?

    Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 11:24pm
  12. Can’t wait!

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 12:09am
  13. It’s gonna pass! About 4/5 of the Scottish parliament support the bill so I don’t see it dying at all!!!

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 12:33am
  14. I can’t see this not going through when it’s already passed in England. Especially when the main opponent has been outed!

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 6:02am
  15. It must be legalised And that’s because The plan of UK is to make gay marriage taking into effect in both england And wales,scotland at The same time ! It means from march 26th

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 10:59am
  16. Congratulations Tom Clark.

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 2:17pm