A survey of the 129 MSPs, conducted by the advocacy group Equality Network, reveals that at least 69 have openly pledged that they support marriage equality, putting pressure on the First Minister, Alex Salmond, to press ahead with the issue, despite some concerns that it might cost them some SNP votes in the referendum on Scottish independence.
The results of the Scottish consultation on equal marriage will be published next week, ahead of which the SNP cabinet is expected to discuss the issue at length.
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