These pages on marriage have been produced because of the discussion on the re-definition of marriage taking place throughout the UK at present.
In Scotland, the Government has indicated that it ‘tends towards the view that religious ceremonies for civil partnerships should no longer be prohibited and that same sex marriage should be introduced.’ This is a quote from Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon in the foreword to a consultation run by the Scottish Government in autumn 2011 to seek to discern the views of the Scottish people on the issues.
Over 70,000 responses were submitted to the consultation and are currently being analysed. The full analysis of the consultation will likely be made public in June 2012.
In England, Prime Minister David Cameron has indicated that he too is in favour of a redefinition of marriage to allow same-sex couples the same access to marriage as is currently available to heterosexual couples. A consultation on the topic was launched by the Westminster government in March.
CARE for Scotland believes that there should be no re-definition of marriage. These pages are intended to provide support and evidence for the case that marriage should be retained as it has traditionally been recognised. We trust you will find them useful.
Scotland for Marriage has been founded by a number of organisations to defend the current understanding of what marriage is. CARE for Scotland is one of the founder members and we invite you to sign up to the Scotland for Marriage petition to indicate your support for what Scotland for Marriage is seeking to achieve. A significant number of signatories to this petition is vital in persuading the SNP Governement not to proceed with the re-definition of marriage. Please sign it now – you should do so even if you submitted a response to the consultation – and pass on the link to friends and family.
What else can you do to support the true understanding of marriage? Write to your MSPs. Click here to find out how.
View the launch of Scotland for Marriage on 30th November 2011.