Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 20th November 2013.

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I will go into detail on such issues later when I discuss the recommendations from the Equal Opportunities Committee.

I have already referred to same-sex marriage. Respect for religious beliefs and views has also been at the heart of our work on same-sex marriage and we have consulted twice. We have not consulted more on any bill that has passed through Parliament than we have consulted on this measure.

There has also, of course, been detailed examination of the bill at stage 1 by the Equal Opportunities Committee, which was led initially led by Mary Fee and is now led by Margaret McCulloch.