Equal Marriage Timetable Needed ASAP

Patrick Harvie, Green MSP for Glasgow, is calling on the Scottish Government to outline a timetable for the equal marriage bill, following this week's approval of similar legislation by MPs at Westminster.

Patrick said:

"While it is welcome that same-sex marriage legislation has been approved by the Commons, it is worth remembering it still has to clear the unelected and much more hostile House of Lords. In Scotland we should not lose the leadership we have established on this issue.

"The Scottish Government's consultation on a draft bill closed two months ago. Ministers need to lay out a timetable as soon as possible, and give an assurance that we can expect to see the bill in parliament before the summer recess. The statement on the government's website that it will introduce it 'later this year' isn't good enough."