It looks like Scotland will be beating the rest of the UK to the finish line when it comes to being the first country to embrace the future of human rights and legalize gay marriage. This controversial move is being supported by both rights groups and a majority of politicians alike (almost a miracle in itself). The enemy of the proposed legislation? None other than the church, of course.
When asked for their reasoning behind such a tenuous political move, Scotland’s officials expressed a need for the country to become a model of equality and tolerance for the international community. They hope that other countries will choose to follow suit and help the world progress and become a better place for everyone.
The main argument against the decision came from the Catholic Church and the Church of Scotland. They stated, as they did in the discussion with England over that country trying to make a similar move, that they fear persecution if they, following the enactment of the law, refuse to marry gay couples based on their own beliefs. Some are calling the legislation a “dangerous social experiment” and others saying that same-sex marriage is not “an appropriate and helpful response to same-sex attraction.”
Well, I guess if the church explains it that way, it makes them right then? Of course, what do the rest of the people, those that have different or no religious beliefs, then have to base their own opinions on? Fortunately, some of the smaller churches (no doubt smaller because they support LGBT rights) say that they are all for it and looking forward to performing some of the country’s first same-sex marriages.
The government has already stated that there will be provisions in the law that allow for churches to make their own choices regarding whether they will be active in same-sex marriages or not, so they really have nothing to fear. Their outcry is most likely one more attempt to get public opinion on their side by spreading misinformation.
The new law is expected to go into effect sometime in or before the year 2015. Perhaps this will be the first step in convincing the rest of the UK that they need to move ahead and leave outdated discrimination to the past.