Same Sex Marriage Parliamentary Reception

A Rabbi, a Minister and three humanists went into a pub…

Sounds like that start of a joke but Ross Wright , Mandy Evans-Ewing and Marilyn Jackson, Celebrants from the Humanist Society of Scotland were in Parliament last night (Tuesday 31st January) attending a wonderful event run by the Equality Network in support of the Equal Marriage Campaign.

400 people including representatives of all political parties, Gay, Straight, Bisexual and Transgendered people, Jews, Christians,Atheists, Humanists and even a Pagan celebrant came together to show their support for same sex Marriage.

The Edinburgh Gay Men’s Chorus sang and everyone shared a Wedding Cake at the rally to join together for a fairer, more equal Scotland.

The event was proceeded by a pledge by the four opposition parties to support a change in the legislation.

Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont said: “As someone committed to creating a fairer, safer and more equal society, free from discrimination and bigotry, I am proud of Labour’s action in government to tackle discrimination against LGBT people and in legislating to create civil partnerships.”

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson said: “The Scottish Government will bring forward legislation on gay marriage in this parliament and I want to ensure we have a workable way of advancing this issue for the people of Scotland.”

Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie said: “I want Scotland to be one of the most fair and progressive places in the world. Extending marriage equality to all is a really important part of that.”

Green co-leader Patrick Harvie said: “I’m convinced that when MSPs have the chance to vote on this, Scotland will once again set the pace of change for the rest of the UK by backing equality for same-sex couples.

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