LIVE VIDEO: Scottish Parliament Debates Final Reading Of Gay Marriage Bill
set to vote today on the third and final reading of its marriage equality bill, which is expected to pass easily. Via the BBC:
The legislation, which is facing its final vote in the Holyrood parliament, passed its previous parliamentary hurdle by 98 votes to 15, with five abstentions. MSPs have been allowed a free vote, rather than along party lines, and voting numbers for the last stage are expected to remain broadly the same as on the previous occasion. Gay rights organisations, including the Equality Network and Stonewall Scotland, and a range of other groups, have supported the legislation. But the Scottish Catholic Church and Church of Scotland oppose the move, and have said they have no plans to conduct same-sex marriages. And the campaign group Scotland for Marriage said the safeguards in the bill did not go far enough. .Watch live here. Anti-gay MSPs are attempting to inject the same poison pill amendments that failed before. Pink News is running a live blog here. Same-sex marriages were approved in England and Wales last year and commence on March 29th. Marriages in Scotland are expected to commence in the fall. Same-sex marriage in the fourth country of the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland, remains mired in opposition.