Dark day for devolution, democracy and trans rights as UK Govt tries to block Gender Reform
The UK government decision to use a Section 35 Order to try to block Gender Recognition Reform is a dark day for devolution, democracy and trans rights, say the Scottish Greens.
Commenting on the decision, the Scottish Greens equalities spokesperson, Maggie Chapman MSP said:
“This is a dark day for our devolution settlement, for democracy, and for trans rights. It sets a very alarming new precedent that should concern everyone who believes in devolution and wants the Scottish Parliament to exist.
“Only one month ago, MSPs voted overwhelmingly for Gender Recognition Reform. It was a proud day for equality, and for our Parliament.
“To see a reactionary Tory government trying to block or overturn it is nothing short of outrageous, and we will resist them every step of the way.
“The reality is that this is one of the most scrutinised Acts in the history of the Scottish Parliament, and came after two public consultations and years of debate.
“What message does it send when Downing Street is prepared to ignore this in order to pursue its toxic culture wars and distract from its many failings?
“The last few months have been particularly distressing for a lot of trans people, who have had to bear the brunt of some of the most despicable political attacks in recent memory.
“The delays are yet another harsh reminder that, as long as we remain in the UK, we can be obstructed by a discriminatory, anti-trans and increasingly authoritarian government in Downing Street.
“We will always stand by our trans siblings, and will do all that we can to deliver the vital step for equality that was promised."