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Smith Comments On Same-Sex Marriage Bill

Following the statement by the First Minister on the Scottish Government’s Programme for Government, SNP MEP Alyn Smith has welcomed the inclusion of the Marriage and Civil Partnerships Bill which legalises same-sex marriage.

Alyn, who is a director of LGBT Youth Scotland, said: 

“This is one issue amongst several that the First Minister laid out this afternoon. The SNP Government at Holyrood is taking action on the economy, justice, education, the constitution, fisheries and host of other areas which will see legislation introduced over the next 12 months. 

“Every single one of these bills is aimed at improving Scotland and building the country that we want to see. Equal marriage plays an important part in that respectful egalitarian progressive society.  

“The SNP Government is leading on this issue within these isles and I’m proud to be part of that party, putting progress at its core.

“Marriage is, for me, about two people who love each other and it is clear to see that a majority of Scots agree with that view. While I will not myself have a vote on the legislation, I have faith in the good sense of our MSPs to decide, as our representatives, what sort of arrangements we want to live by.

“I now look forward to the consultation process and publication of the bill, which will be a momentous step for Scotland and our LGBT community.”