Target: Scottish Parliament
Goal: To applaud the Scottish Parliament in its support of gay marriage while still respecting the rights of religious institutions.
Gay Marriage is to be introduced in Scotland, a nation that is already greatly in support of equal rights for same-sex couples. The announcement of ceremonies, which would not begin until 2015, has been strongly opposed by both the Catholic Church and the Church of Scotland; however, the Scottish Parliament is taking major precautions to ensure that the rights of religious institutions are not trampled on. Ministers in the government have promised to work within the United Kingdom to ensure that institutions that refuse to take part in the ceremonies and groups that speak out against the new law would not face any disciplinary actions.
The move to allow same-sex marriage was announced recently to show Scotland’s commitment to equality for all of its citizens. While it is the first country within the UK to announce plans to do so, there is talk that England, Northern Ireland, and Wales will follow suit. However, Scotland is well aware of the position of its two major churches, and it is active in trying to protect the churches’ rights. The nation has already stated that it will propose an amendment to the UK Equality Act that ensures freedom of speech for religious institutions that decide not to conduct or support same-sex marriages.
By celebrating same-sex marriage while at the same time actively respecting the rights of religious institutions, Scotland is setting an important example for the rest of the world. The nation’s dedication to equal rights has been unfaltering in the past, and will hopefully set off a domino effect in the western world. Sign this petition and let the Scottish Parliament know that you support its commitment to equal rights.
To the Scottish Parliament:
Your commitment to equal rights for same-sex couples is an example that the rest of the world should follow. While many countries are fearful of implementing policies supporting the rights of gay couples for fear of criticism from churches, your government has already sworn to protect both the rights of the people and the freedom of religious institutions to practice as they see fit.
Amid the foreseeable chaos of implementing these laws, we urge that you do not fall victim to the whims of big religious institutions and stand your ground on ensuring equal rights for all citizens. We commend your acceptance of gay marriage and your sworn protection of freedom of speech and hope for support both within the United Kingdom, and from all countries of the world.
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