There is clear evidence that in the UK as a whole, there is political momentum building in favour of providing for full civil marriage for same sex couples. Opinion polls show that the idea is supported by the majority of British voters, and is gaining support by key people in all the major parties. Of these, the Scottish National Party, who control the devolved Scottish Parliament, were the first to commit publicly to the principle of marriage equality, and have in the past raised at least the possibility of going ahead on this alone, if the national government prevaricates too long. Now, they are coming under pressure from an important quarter to do just that.
This, from Pink News:
Scottish government advised to legalise gay marriage
The Scottish government has been advised to give gay couples the right to marry.
A report from the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) says that current law discriminates against gay people and is not supported by public polls.
In England and Wales, the UK government has announced plans to hold a consultation on the future of civil partnerships and marriage. As these are devolved issues, the consultation does not apply to Scotland.
However, polls of the Scottish public have shown rising support for allowing gay couples to marry. In 2006, a poll found that 53 per cent of people supported same-sex marriage. In 2009, this figure rose to 62 per cent.
This, the report says, means politicians should not fear a “backlash” from the public. The government is being urged to start looking at the issue after the May election
(Full report at Pink News)