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Mary Fee MSP last week voted for the Marriage and Civil Partnerships Bill (Scotland) Act and praised the bill that will now allow same-sex couples to marry in Scotland.
Last week the Scottish Parliament passed the Marriage and Civil Partnerships Bill (Scotland) Act at its Stage 3 reading which legalised Equal Marriage for same sex couples and Mary Fee MSP has spoken of her delight of voting for what she calls a “fantastic step for the LGBT community”.
The West Scotland MSP is a long standing advocate of LGBT rights and was delighted that the Scottish Parliament overwhelmingly voted to make marriage equal in Scotland and more progressive than the Bill the UK parliament passed last year for England and Wales.
Taking part in the debate Mary Fee said, ‘This bill is the single most important piece of legislation that the Parliament has delivered. That is a hard feat to achieve. It is bigger than the smoking ban and it is bigger than the Scottish Independence Referendum Bill. The Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill will deliver real change on equality in Scotland.’
The debate which lasted over four hours resulted in the Bill being passed with 105 votes for to 18 against and the Scottish Labour MSP spoke after the result saying:
“This is a fantastic step forward for the LGBT community, but also for Scottish Society as a whole. Religious groups that wish to conduct marriages for same sex couples have the power to do so.”
Similarly those groups who do not wish to conduct marriages with same sex couples are also free to do so if that is their belief.
I believe that the Bill that was passed has enough protections to within it to protect these groups whilst delivering equality for LGBT couples.
In my view this Bill is far more progressive and equal than its English and Welsh counterpart. As the former Convenor of the Equal Opportunities Committee when the Bill was first introduced I am glad to have played my part in this historic occasion.”