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UNISON Scotland welcomes decision to lift the ban on same sex marriage

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Please have your say on the Scottish same-sex marriage bill

A message from the Equality Network: 8 August 2013: We are emailing trade unions and similar organisations in Scotland to urge you please to have your say on the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill which is now in the Scottish Parliament.

Please let the Parliament know your views on the bill – details on how to do that are below. The deadline is 23rd August.

The bill introduces same-sex marriage in Scotland and makes improvements to gender recognition law. It is a huge step forward for LGBT equality (although we think the bill could be further improved in a number of ways – see below).

The Scottish Parliament’s Equal Opportunities Committee is asking for views on the bill, and will then recommend to the whole Parliament whether to agree the bill or not. The Parliament will then vote on the bill, probably in November.

The deadline for submitting your views is 23rd August. The details of how to have your say are here:

http://www.equality-network.org/our-work/equal-marriage/have-your-say-on-the-marriage-and-civil-partnership-scotland-bill/

There is a form to submit your views direct to the Committee here
http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/65067.aspx

and the Equality Network’s comments on the Committee’s questions are here:
http://www.equality-network.org/our-work/equal-marriage/our-views-on-the-equal-opportunities-committees-questions/

The Equality Network very much welcomes the bill, but we think there are some further improvements that could be made to it. There is an outline of our views on this here:
http://www.equality-network.org/our-work/equal-marriage/the-marriage-and-civil-partnership-scotland-bill-can-it-be-improved/

And you can find lots of other information about the bill, from our main webpage here:
http://www.equality-network.org/our-work/equal-marriage/the-marriage-and-civil-partnership-scotland-bill/

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Equal marriage - a message from the Equality Network

18 May 2012: In just one month the Scottish Government is due to announce whether it will bring forward legislation to lift the ban on same-sex marriage. We need your help to ensure that they make the right decision: www.equalmarriage.org.uk/takeaction

Between now and 15th June, we need as many people as possible to contact your MSPs (Members of the Scottish Parliament) and sign the equal marriage petition

Your help is needed now more than ever before: The opponents of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality have stepped-up their campaign. In the last few months they have:

Spent over 50,000 on campaign materials - money we don't have
Secured 22,000 signatures on their petition
Delivered 300,000 leaflets to homes across Scotland
Asked your MSPs to vote AGAINST same-sex marriage

We cannot let them win. We have less than a month to persuade the Scottish Government to do the right thing. Your help could make the difference between whether we win or lose. Please take action now:

Contact your MSP - takes 30 seconds

Sign the petition

Donate to the campaign: http://www.justgiving.com/equalmarriage

Please get your friends, colleagues and family members to do the same. Thank you for all your support - we can't win equality without you.

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UNISON welcomes equal marriage consultation

Equal Marriage

The Scottish Government have just launched their consultation on marriage equality and say that their view is to support the introduction of same-sex marriage.

UNISON's national conference voted overwhelmingly in favour of a motion from the LGBT group calling for marriage and civil partnership to be open to all couples, whatever their sexual orientation or gender. The conference took place in Manchester on 21-24 June.

The motion called for UNISON to campaign for full marriage equality, for automatic recognition in the UK of same sex marriages registered in other countries, and for increased recognition of same sex marriage and civil partnership in the European Union and internationally.

We therefore welcome the consultation and will be responding to this. We would urge individuals to respond as well and give their personal views.

Please come along to our AGM on 22nd October 2011 where we will hear a presentation from the Equality Network followed by a full discussion which will form the basis of UNISON Scotland's submission. The consultation paper can be found at http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2011/09/05153328/0

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