This week we saw Tuesday’s Scottish cabinet meeting reach no conclusion on the law surrounding equal marriage.
The public vote that had been called for, and supported by Cardinal Keith O’Brien, was said not to have been dismissed by the cabinet, but has been deemed ‘not appropriate’ after the considerations.
The First Minister of Scotland, Alex Salmond has rejected the Catholic Church’s proposal for a referendum on legalising gay marriage, by saying it was ‘an issue of conscience, not constitution’.
Salmond made it clear that he was in support of the move for equal marriage, but reported emails that leaked to the BBC last night, have shown that he may delay making any decision until Westminister agrees to change it’s policy towards same sex couples tying the knot.
However, according to Westminister officials, the emails were leaked as a way to keep the Catholic Church satisfied for now. Also, Scottish ministers are worried that a current loophole in the new legislation would mean that clergymen could potentially be imprisoned if they refuse to to marry a gay couple. It’s thought that they want to amend this before any decision on the ruling goes ahead.
Now it’s Westministers turn to move our country forward and make equal marriage happen.