UK, Scotland: Legal Challenge Against Churches Over Marriage Equality Unlikely

Written by scott on September 20th, 2013

ScotlandIn response to concerns that churches might face lawsuits for marriage equality in Scotland, legal experts have decided that that’s unlikely.

Pink News reports:

The inquiry into the Bill is being undertaken by the Scottish Parliament’s Equal Opportunities Committee who will hear evidence from a wide range of stakeholders in the coming weeks, before making recommendations to the Scottish Parliament on whether to proceed with the Bill and, if so, in what form. Religious organisations have voiced concerns that churches could be forced to marry same-sex couples against their wishes, if the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill, is signed into law, reports the Scotsman. Legal experts have said attempts to challenge the right to opt-out for the Church of Scotland under the European Convention on Human Rights are unlikely to be unsuccessful.

Scotland hopes to finish its “expedited” consideration of the bill by next March.

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