Responding to criticism from the leader of the Tories, the Scottish government says the marriage equality bill is on schedule.
Pink News reports:
Ruth Davidson, leader of the Scottish Conservative Party and the UK’s most senior gay politician said in a PinkNews interview that it was highly likely that Scotland’s Marriage and Civil Partnership Bill would soon pass – but that the process could have happened a lot sooner. “I am not in charge of the Scottish Government’s timetabling,” Ms Davidson said to PinkNews.co.uk. “What I can say is that, with this bill, as with any number of subjects in Scotland, there’s a lot in Scotland that’s not happening right now because the entire focus in the government is on the referendum in September next year.”
In response, a Scottish Government spokesperson told PinkNews.co.uk: “These claims are wrong. The legislation for same-sex marriage is proceeding on schedule as planned, and with wide cross-party support. “The Scottish Government has undertaken two detailed consultations on the issue of same sex marriage, the second of which only finished in March 2013. Given the sensitive nature of same sex marriage, it was important to make sure that we got the legislation right.
The Scottish bill is due to get its first debate and vote next week. Many in Scotland are hoping that the law will be in place at about the same time that marriage equality takes effect in England and Wales.
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