- Published on Thursday, 29 September 2011
- Written by phinea
Five religious groups have backed gay marriage in Scotland.The Unitarians, Quakers, Metropolitan Community Church, Pagan Federation and Liberal Judaism are backing members of the Scottish Youth Parliament in their campaign on the issue.
Currently, gay couples cannot have their civil partnership solemnised in religious premises.
The Scottish Government is currently holding a consultation on same-sex marriages which would change this and The Scottish Youth Parliament supports the proposals.
Some religious organisations, notably the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland has been fierce in its criticism of the proposals and said that a Scottish government that allowed gay marriage did not deserve the support of Catholic voters in Scotland.
But not all religious groups hold that view. An event being held by the Scottish Youth Parliament will bring together the religious organisations which support gay marriage.
Some members of religious groups support gay marriage in a personal capacity even though their organisations don't.
Bishop Richard Holloway, former leader of the Scottish Episcopal Church, and Suzanne Dance, facilitator of the Buddhist Community of Interbeing, will also be there in a in a personal capacity and will speak in favour of same-sex marriage.