Andrew Ducker (andrewducker) wrote,
Andrew Ducker
andrewducker

Gay marriage in Scotland - responses from my representatives

I got some responses from the MSPs I emailed (in the order I got them):
Neil Findlay (Labour) sent me an actual email from his Blackberry, clearing written personally, at 9pm. A short but effective "Andrew, I support the proposals for same sex marriage."
Alison Johnstone (Green) had a prepared email talking about how awesome the Greens are on same-sex marriage, how they've proposed amendments for extra awesomeness, and appeared on Newsnight to talk about it.
Margo MacDonald (Independent) informed me that she supported the right of same-sex people who love each other to get married, and of churches to not have to marry people if they didn't want to. For bonus points she included links to the consultation document and an address to write to if I wanted to contribute to the consultation.
Kezia Dugdale (Labour) didn't respond herself, but got her Communications Officer to do so. Which felt a bit more honest than your standard canned response, to be fair. Included was a link to Kezia's official position, which I was glad to see is one that I can wholeheartedly approve of.

No response yet from David McLetchie (Conservative), Gavin Brown (Conservative) or my local representative Kenny MacAskill (SNP).

You can write to your representatives via this site, and if you haven't filled in the consultation yet then that's here.

It was rather cheering to read this piece in The Scotsman today, confirming that the Scottish public are in favour of same-sex marriage by 60% to 19%. It doesn't hurt to out-shout the bigots though.

And if you thought that Scotland had it bad with the religious bigotry then some places have it worse - If women were allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia, sex and pornography would surge and homosexuality would be more prevalentt, conservative Muslim scholars said....eventually leading to "no more virgins".

More of that here.



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