Support

The Equality Network has produced this table so that you can see whether your MSPs (Members of the Scottish Parliament) support equal marriage.

  1. Those MSPs listed as 'Likely to vote in favour' have either signed the Equal Marriage Pledge, or have made a public statement outlining their support.
  2. Those MSPs listed as 'Likely to vote against' have made a recent public statement outlining their opposition to same-sex marriage.
  3. Those MSPs listed as 'Undeclared' have yet to announce a clear position on same-sex marriage.

You can contact your MSPs and sign the Equal Marriage petition by clicking here: www.equalmarriage.org.uk/takeaction

Thank you to our sister campaign in England and Wales, the Coalition for Equal Marriage, who kindly helped us put this table together. Please help return the favour by visiting the C4EM website and taking action to support their campaign: www.c4em.org.uk

  • Likely To Vote In Favour
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  • Undeclared
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  • Likely To Vote Against
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Name Surname Party Constituency / Region Likely Vote Signed Pledge Notes
George Adam SNP Paisley 1 0
25072
Profile
Clare Adamson SNP Central Scotland 1 0
25073
Profile
Alasdair Allan SNP Na h-Eileanan an Iar 0 0
13947
Profile“I will study the bill but I think I am unlikely to support it in the chamber.” (Quote in the Stornoway Gazette, 4 August 2012)
Christian Allard SNP North East Scotland 1 0
13943
Profile
Jackie Baillie Labour Dumbarton 1 1
13949
Profile Signed the Equal Marriage Pledge (Equality Network Scottish Parliament Reception, 31 January 2012) 2012
Claire Baker Labour Mid Scotland and Fife 1 1
13951
Profile Signed the Equal Marriage Pledge (Scottish Labour Party Conference, March 2012) 2012
Richard Baker Labour North East Scotland 1 1
13952
Profile “I think Scotland will be a better place if in our society same-sex couples who want to marry can do so. I believe when people make such a commitment to each other it should be recognised by society. This commitment is equally important regardless of sexuality and so it cannot be right to deny same-sex couples the right to marriage. I congratulate the Equality Network on their campaign.” (Email to Equality Network, December 2011) 2011
Jayne Baxter Labour Mid Scotland and Fife 1 1
14074
Profile
Claudia Beamish Labour South Scotland 1 1
25090
Profile “I am hugely supportive of the principle of marriage equality, and I believe that marriage should be available to all couples who choose to make this commitment with fairness and tolerance being at the core at all times. Scotland has a chance to lead the way in the UK on this issue, ensuring that marriage is an institution about commitment and love regardless of the makeup of the couple. I am also clear however that no faith group should be obliged to carry out any ceremony against their principles. I hope that at the same time the barriers which prevent heterosexual couples from entering into civil partnerships will be removed. I commend the work of the Equal Marriage campaign and hope that the Scottish Government will come forward with legislation on this issue soon.” (Email to Equality Network, December 2011) 2011
Colin Beattie SNP Midlothian North and Musselburgh 1 1
25074
Profile "I find little logic in not supporting equal marriage rights. The same is true for solemnising same-sex marriage although those faith and belief groups who do not wish to, should not be obliged to." (Letter to Equality Network, March 2012) 2012
Marco Biagi SNP Edinburgh Central 1 1
25075
Profile “I am 100% in favour of equal marriage, having been an organiser and campaigner for the SNP LGBT group for many years. I made clear my support in public just a day after being elected during an impromptu appearance as a speaker at Pride Scotia, which was being held in what had just become my constituency. Marriage is society's formal, legal and established recognition of commitment and love. Government must not deny it to couples based on their sexual orientation. As a nation we should be long past that. Religions must also be free to determine their own marriage practices, which they are not at present, since even those faith traditions who wish to offer same-sex marriage are forbidden from doing so. Both of these wrongs must be put right.” (Email to Equality Network, December 2011) 2011
Neil Bibby Labour West Scotland 1 1
25076
Profile Signed the Equal Marriage Pledge (Scottish Labour Party Conference, March 2012) 2012
Sarah Boyack Labour Lothian 1 1
13956
Profile “In the past three Parliaments I have supported measures to tackle prejudice, intolerance and discrimination in all its forms. I was proud to support the introduction of civil partnerships and believe that the time is now right to take a step further to provide genuine equality not only for same-sex couples looking to marry but also heterosexual couples who want a civil partnership. This is a move that the majority of Scots want to see and I am keen to see changes made that will deliver greater equality while protecting the discretion that faith groups have to conduct religious ceremonies in accordance with their faith.” (Email to Equality Network, December 2011) 2011
Chic Brodie SNP South Scotland
25077
Profile “I am currently consulting personally on it. I note the particular concerns you express, and will of course include these in my consideration prior to forming a final opinion." (Letter to Faith in Marriage coalition, May 2012)
Gavin Brown Conservative Lothian 0 0
13960
Profile
Keith Brown SNP Clackmannanshire and Dunblane 1 1
13961
Profile
Cameron Buchanan Conservative Lothian 1 0
13998
Profile
Margaret Burgess SNP Cunninghame South 1 1
25078
Profile
Aileen Campbell SNP Clydesdale 1 1
13966
Profile "I agree with you and support marriage equality for LGBT people in Scotland. I want a tolerant, respectful Scotland and one that is equal." (Letter to constituent, May 2011)
Roderick Campbell SNP North East Fife 1 1
25079
Profile
Jackson Carlaw Conservative West Scotland 1 1
13967
Profile “I am backing equal marriage. In my opinion, marriage is about much more than the legal recognition of a loving relationship. Marriage is about love, commitment, and an enduring partnership with another person. The values represented by this commitment are not exclusive to heterosexual couples, nor should the right to marry be exclusive to heterosexual couples.” (Email to Equality Network, December 2011) 2011
Malcolm Chisholm Labour Edinburgh Northern and Leith 1 1
10102
Profile “I believe absolutely in equality and marriage should be an option that is available to all irrespective of sexual orientation. I respect those who take a different view for religious reasons but they cannot be allowed to impose that view on the rest of society.” (Email to Equality Network, December 2011) 2011
Willie Coffey SNP Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley 1 0
13968
Profile
Angela Constance SNP Almond Valley 1 0
13969
Profile “The Scottish Government is now carefully considering all of the responses to the consultation and will publish an analysis of the responses in due course." (Letter to Faith in Marriage coalition, May 2012)
Bruce Crawford SNP Stirling 1 1
13971
Profile
Roseanna Cunningham SNP Perthshire South and Kinross-shire 0 0
10148
Profile "As your MSP I intend to consider this analysis carefully and look forward to reading the government's response."(Letter to Faith in Marriage coalition, May 2012)
Ruth Davidson Conservative Glasgow 1 1
25080
Profile "I support the Equality Network's Equal Marriage Campaign. It seeks a more equal society while recognising that religious organisations which do not wish to carry out ceremonies should not be compelled to do so. The Scottish Government will bring forward legislation on gay marriage in this parliament and I want to ensure we have a workable way of advancing this issue for the people of Scotland." (Email to Equality Network, January 2012) 2011
Graeme Dey SNP Angus South 1 0
25081
Profile “My inclination would be to support legislation on Equal Marriage, subject to any bill containing safeguards protecting the rights of faith groups and individual celebrants who did not wish to conduct such ceremonies.’’ (Email to Equality Network, 19 June 2012)
Nigel Don SNP Angus North and Mearns 0 0
13976
Profile "Other MSP's may be vocal about their beliefs, Nigel is not and has no requirement to tell you his beliefs, so what you want and get are two separate things, he will vote with his conscience and the merits of the Bill when the time comes." (Email to constituent, May 2012)
Bob Doris SNP Glasgow 1 1
13977
Profile “I will vote for equal marriage. Faith groups will not be compelled to conduct ceremonies. The move extends choice." (Twitter message to Equality Network, 22 May 2012)
James Dornan SNP Glasgow Cathcart 1 1
25082
Profile “For me supporting equality in marriage is an issue of human rights. Any loving couple should be entitled to show their love and commitment to each other through a marriage ceremony. I am happy to sign the Equal Marriage Pledge in support of marriage equality.” (Email to Equality Network, March 2012) 2012
Kezia Dugdale Labour Lothian 1 1
25083
Profile “I am absolutely committed to the principle of equality before the law, regardless of sexual orientation and I therefore support Equal Marriage. I believe that true equality means not only extending marriage rights to same-sex couples but also allowing heterosexual couples to enter into civil partnerships, should they so wish. While I understand that this issue is not as clear cut for all groups, I believe that a balance between freedoms can be found in allowing religious organisations who wish to conduct marriage ceremonies for same sex couples on their premises, permission to do so. Although I agree that no faith should be forced to conduct ceremonies for same sex couples, it is unfortunate to see this issue misrepresented so readily in the media. The imposition of equal marriage on all faith groups has never been on the agenda and I remain personally disappointed to see it cloud much of the debate around equal marriage. In my view, the definition of marriage should not be defined as an act before one god or another. It is neither exclusively a religious term nor one that the state has any interest in narrowing. In allowing same-sex couples to get married, the Government would be widening the definition so that it stood as a lifelong statement of a union between two people before the eyes of the law. It is that statement of love and commitment which is important, not the gender or sexuality of the parties involved.” (Email to Equality Network, December 2011) 2008
Jim Eadie SNP Edinburgh Southern 1 1
25084
Profile"I am very supportive of the campaign for equal marriage. I gave a public pledge during last year's election campaign at the Newington Churches Together hustings to support equal marriage. I also met with the Equality Network in advance of the Scottish Government's consultation deadline to assure them of my full support. I will continue to support the work of the Equality Network and other campaigners in any way possible." (Letter to Faith in Marriage coalition, May 2012) 2011
Annabelle Ewing SNP Mid Scotland and Fife 1 1
25085
Profile “I am minded to vote in favour of any Bill" (Letter to Equality Network, 4 June 2012)
Fergus Ewing SNP Inverness and Nairn 0 0
13980
Profile
Linda Fabiani SNP East Kilbride 1 1
13982
Profile "To me it's very straightforward, the laws of the land should be applied with fairness, and this inequality is just not acceptable." (Email to Equality Network, 2008) 2008
Mary Fee Labour West Scotland 1 1
25086
Profile “I am happy to support the Equal Marriage campaign as equality must be extended to every person in Scotland and the UK; regardless of sexuality, race, gender or background. The option of marriage must be available for everyone in Scotland.” (Email to Equality Network, December 2011) 2011
Patricia Ferguson Labour Glasgow Maryhill and Springburn 1 1
13984
Profile Signed the Equal Marriage Pledge (Scottish Labour Party Conference, March 2012) 2012
Alex Fergusson Conservative Galloway and West Dumfries 0 0
13985
Profile “I am afraid that I will not be voting for this legislation if it comes to Parliament.” (Email to Equality Network, 31 May 2012)
Neil Findlay Labour Lothian 1 1
25087
Profile “I have fought for social and economic equality and justice all my life, it would hypocritical for me not to support the right of people who love each other to have this recognised by marriage if that is what they want.” (Letter to Equality Network, May 2012) 2011
John Finnie Independent Highlands and Islands 1 1
25088
Profile “I look forward to a progressive, diverse and equal Scotland. It is my belief that there cannot be any caveats to equality. I support the proposal to equalise Scotland's marriage laws and look forward to voting in favour when the issue come before the Scottish Parliament.” (Email to Equality Network, March 2012) 2011
Joe FitzPatrick SNP Dundee City West 1 1
13987
Profile “This is a really important issue for LGBT people all over Scotland, and also as a beacon of how Scotland is perceived by other nations.” (Email to Equality Network, January 2012) 2012
Murdo Fraser Conservative Mid Scotland and Fife 0 0
13991
Profile "I am not convinced that this move is either necessary or desirable at the present time." (Letter to the Equality Network, March 2012)
Kenneth Gibson SNP Cunninghame North 1 1
13994
Profile "I fully agree with your view that LGBT people should be entitled to full equality under the law and should be allowed to marry if they so wish. I am fully aware that - according to the most recent Scottish Social Attitudes Survey - more than 60% of the Scottish population are of the same opinion.... I can advise you that I will vote in favour of equal marriage legislation." (Letter to Faith in Marriage coalition, May 2012) 2012
Rob Gibson SNP Caithness 1 1
13993
Profile
Annabel Goldie Conservative West Scotland 1 0
13998
Profile "I require to see any draft bill before commenting further." (Letter to Equality Network, May 2012)
Christine Grahame SNP Midlothian South 1 1
14000
Profile Signed the Equal Marriage Pledge (SNP Conference, March 2012) 2012
Rhoda Grant Labour Highlands and Islands 1 1
14001
Profile “I believe marriage should be open to every couple who wish to make that commitment, however I also believe that churches and their celebrants must continue to be able to decide whether or not to perform a marriage ceremony in accordance with their rules and beliefs.” (Email to Equality Network, March 2012) 2012
Iain Gray Labour East Lothian 1 1
14002
Profile “The struggle for equality has been long and hard fought. The time has come for this step on that road, equality in marriage.” (Email to Equality Network, March 2012) 2012
Mark Griffin Labour Central Scotland 1 0
25089
Profile “I’ll be supporting the bill when it comes before us" (Email to Equality Network, 12 November 2013)
Patrick Harvie Green Glasgow 1 1
14006
Profile "The Greens have long supported equal marriage, and it's really exciting to see that it could be about to happen at last. I once saw looks of puzzlement and confusion on the faces of young LGBT people when they learned that gay relationships had once been illegal. I hope to see the same kind of reaction, not too many years from now, when young people find out that same-sex couples had ever been banned from marrying. This kind of discrimination is completely senseless, and it's time to put it into the dustbin of history." (Email to Equality Network, January 2012) 2008
Hugh Henry Labour Renfrewshire South 1 0
14008
Profile
Jamie Hepburn SNP Cumbernauld and Kilsyth 1 1
14009
Profile "I agree that the current ban on same-sex marriage is discriminatory and that is incompatible with a vision of Scotland as a progressive country which values diversity and equality. I agree that the law in Scotland should allow same-sex marriage and mixed-sex civil partnerships. I also believe that any religion or faith group which wishes to solemnise either of these unions should be given the freedom to do so. I also agree that transgender people should not be required to divorce before afforded full legal recognition of their identity." (Letter to Youth and Student Leaders, March 2012) 2011
Cara Hilton Labour Dunfermline 1
13998
Profile "I fully support the Bill and will be voting in favour." (Email to Equality Network, November 2013) 2013
Jim Hume Liberal Democrat South Scotland 1 1
14011
Profile “Equal marriage is about removing barriers. In my view, if a loving couple want to formalise their relationship through a religious ceremony, then they shouldn't be prevented from doing so and that's why I'm supporting Equality Network's campaign.” (Email to Equality Network, December 2011) 2011
Fiona Hyslop SNP Linlithgow 1 1
14012
Profile “As a Government Minister it would be inappropriate for me to prejudge the result of the consultation currently being considered on the issue of equal marriage. I am aware of the views given by both the First Minister and the Deputy First Minister prior to the start of the consultation. I am both comfortable with and sympathetic to them. Their views are similar to mine.” (Email to Equality Network, 20 June 2012)
Adam Ingram SNP Carrick 1 0
14013
Profile “The Scottish Government is now carefully considering all of the responses to the consultation and will publish an analysis of the responses in due course." (Letter to Faith in Marriage coalition, May 2012)
Alex Johnstone Conservative North East Scotland 0 0
14020
Profile "When given the opportunity to vote in favour of the extension (sic) of civil partnerships to same-sex couples, I was one of the small minority of MSPs who chose to vote against it. This will continue to be my position if ever the issue comes back to the floor of the Scottish Parliament." (Email to constituent, April 2011)
Alison Johnstone Green Lothian 1 1
25091
Profile "The Scottish Green Party very much agrees with marriage equality. We believe there is a need to introduce legislation for equal partnership - opening marriages and civil partnerships to mixed-sex couples and same-sex couples." (Email to constituent, January 2012) 2011
Colin Keir SNP Edinburgh Western 1 1
25092
Profile "Whilst I am minded to vote in favour of equal marriage in the Scottish Parliament I must respect the fact that a consultation process is still on-going. It is my duty as an MSP to listen to both sides of the argument." (Email to Equality Network, May 2012)
James Kelly Labour Rutherglen 1 0
14022
Profile
Bill Kidd SNP Glasgow Anniesland 1 1
14024
Profile
Johann Lamont Labour Glasgow Pollok 1 1
14025
Profile "I am delighted to support the Equality Network and their campaign. As someone committed to creating a fairer, safer and more equal society, free from discrimination and bigotry, I am proud of Labour's action in government to tackle discrimination against LGBT people and in legislating to create civil partnerships. I believe that the public witness and celebration of same-sex relationships afforded by civil partnerships and the legal rights created have played an important role in changing attitudes to LGBT people. I support the campaign for Equal Marriage and legislation which would allow religious bodies to conduct same-sex marriages should they wish to do so." (Email to Equality Network, January 2012) 2011
John Lamont Conservative Ettrick 1 0
14026
Profile "I will examine any proposal on its merits in light of the views expressed in the consultation." (Letter to Youth and Student Leaders, March 2012)
Richard Lochhead SNP Moray 1 1
14029
Profile
Richard Lyle SNP Central Scotland 0 0
25093
Profile “Thank you for your email. I do not intend to vote for the bill. Richard." (email to constituent, November 2013)
Kenny MacAskill SNP Edinburgh Eastern 1 1
14031
Profile “As a Government Minister it would be inappropriate for me to prejudge the result of the consultation currently being considered on the issue of equal marriage. I am aware of the views given by both the First Minister and the Deputy First Minister prior to the start of the consultation. I am both comfortable with and sympathetic to them. Their views are similar to mine." (Email to Equality Network, 31 May 2012)
Angus MacDonald SNP Falkirk East
25094
Profile "I intend to consider this analysis carefully and look forward to reading the government's response." (Letter to Equality Network, March 2012)
Gordon MacDonald SNP Edinburgh Pentlands 1 1
25095
Profile Signed the Equal Marriage Pledge (SNP Conference, March 2012) 2012
Lewis MacDonald Labour North East Scotland 1 1
14034
Profile “I welcome the Scottish Government's publication of a consultation on same-sex marriage... Scottish Labour has worked consistently to promote equality and oppose discrimination. One of our first acts in the Scottish Parliament after we formed the first devolved government in 1999, was to repeal the discriminatory Clause 2A (Scotland's version of section 28) in the face of a very hostile campaign which demonised Labour politicians, teachers and gay men and women. We have since, of course, introduced civil partnerships and passed many other reforms at both Scottish and UK levels, while Scottish Labour's 2011 manifesto contained further commitments on addressing the different status of civil partnerships and marriage." (Letter to Faith in Marriage coalition, May 2012) 2011
Margo MacDonald Independent Lothian 1 1
14032
Profile "I support the notion of marriage between two people who love each other and wish to live together as a married couple, regardless of their gender. I also support the right of churches to determine whether or not they will conduct same sex marriage ceremonies. I believe this to be a matter of individual conscience." (Email to constituent, May 2012) 2011
Ken Macintosh Labour Eastwood 1 1
25098
Profile "I've always fought for fairness and equality,as a Labour Party member and as an MSP. Marriage equality is a building block of the good society that I seek to create and I'm committed to campaigning for a change in the law.I'd like to see firm proposals brought forward that would put same-sex marriage in the statute book of the Scottish Parliament. I believe that by backing equal marriage we are sending out a strong signal about the importance of enduring and trusting relationships in a modern Scottish society." (Email to Equality Network, November 2011) 2011
Derek MacKay SNP Renfrewshire North and West 1 1
25096
Profile “I am of the personal view that same-sex marriage should be introduced with the recognition that for religious reasons some faith groups and celebrants may not want to solemnise same-sex marriages, and should not be obliged to do so. The Scottish Government consultation on same-sex marriage attracted a significant level of interest, with over 50,000 people responding. It is evident that there are strong beliefs on both sides of the argument, and the Scottish Government, of which I am a member, has made it clear that it will work to strike a balance which respects these differences.” (Email to Equality Network, 11 June 2012)
Mike MacKenzie SNP Highlands and Islands 1 0
25097
Profile "I am pleased that the Scottish Government has brought this legislation forward recognising that the existing situation is discriminatory... I will certainly consider the final recommendations before I vote" (Letter to Equality Network, March 2012)
Hanzala Malik Labour Glasgow
25099
Profile "happy to sign the pledge" (Email to Equality Network, 1 May 2012) 2012
Jenny Marra Labour North East Scotland 1 1
25100
Profile "I believe there are unfair practical consequences of the inequalities that exist between those in same-sex relationships and those in heterosexual relationships who wish to institutionalise their relationship. That is why I support the case for equal marriage... I will continue to add my support to future motions and steps in Parliament towards equal marriage." (Letter to Faith in Marriage coalition, May 2012) 2012
Paul Martin Labour Glasgow Provan 1 0
14039
Profile
Tricia Marwick Presiding Officer Mid Fife and Glenrothes
14041
Profile Since taking her seat, as the SNP MSP for Mid Fife and Glenrothes, Tricia Markwick has been elected to the role of Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament. As Presiding Officer, Tricia Marwick must remain impartial at all times including on the issue of same-sex marriage: "The position of Presiding Officer requires the post holder to be completely impartial so as a result of this, I cannot express an opinion or vote on any matters that come before the Scottish Parliament." (Letter to the Faith in Marriage coalition, May 2012)
John Mason SNP Glasgow Shettleston 0 0
25101
Profile "It is now very likely that I will vote against this bill" (Letter to constituent, November 2013)
Michael Matheson SNP Falkirk West 1 0
14043
Profile
Stewart Maxwell SNP West Scotland 1 1
14044
Profile “If the Government does decide to bring forward legislation then I will support that legislation... you can be assured that I do support same-sex marriage." (Letter to Youth and Student Leaders, March 2012) 2011
Joan McAlpine SNP South Scotland 1 1
25102
Profile “I support equal marriage in both religious and civil ceremonies and will vote in favour of it. Most people in Scotland feel the same way, we are a tolerant country and accept that couples should be able to solemnise their relationships. I support the Scottish government's suggested exemption for those religious denominations who do not want to conduct same sex ceremonies. This might mean that Westminster has to strenghthen the religious exemption in the equality legislation, which is reserved to London.” (Email to Equality Network, December 2011) 2011
Liam McArthur Liberal Democrat Orkney Islands 1 1
14046
Profile “Happy to be named in support" (Email to Equality Network, 13 December 2011) 2011
Margaret McCulloch Labour Central Scotland 1 1
25103
Profile “Supporters of equal marriage in my region can be assured that I agree the law should be changed to allow same-sex marriage and mixed-sex civil partnerships. That I believe religions and faith groups wishing to celebrate same-sex marriage and mixed-sex civil partnerships should be committed to do so, and that I support equality for transgender people who are required to divorce before their gender is given legal recognition. I believe everyone in Scotland should be allowed to live equally and love equally under the law and it is for that reason that I have signed the Equality Network's Equal Marriage Pledge." (Letter to Youth and Student Leaders, March 2012) 2012
Mark McDonald SNP Aberdeen Donside 1 1
25104
Profile "I am supportive of opening up marriage to same-sex couples and civil partnerships to mixed-sex couples. The government should not differentiate treatment of its citizens because of sexual orientation. I also support the rights of transgendered people. I hope that this bill will not only expand rights for same-sex couples but will also ease the lives of the transgendered community in Scotland. Particularly, people should not be forced to divorce in order to be legally recognized as their true gender. I have signed the Equality Network's Equal Marriage Pledge and look forward to being able to vote in favour of legislation, which will allow Scotland to make the logical step towards a more equal and just society." (Letter to Youth and Student Leaders, March 2012) 2012
Margaret McDougall Labour West Scotland 1 1
25105
Profile “The Labour Party stands for equality for all and that applies to marriage too." (Email to Equality Network, 11 June 2012) 2012
Jamie McGrigor Conservative Highlands and Islands 0 0
14051
Profile
Alison McInnes Liberal Democrat North East Scotland 1 1
14053
Profile “I wholeheartedly support the view that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry. Whether they do so should be a matter of choice for the individuals not the state. Every Scot should be entitled to the same rights and afforded the same dignity regardless of sexuality.” (Email to Equality Network, March 2012) 2012
Christina McKelvie SNP Hamilton 1 1
14056
Profile “I can assure you that I am a strong supporter of equal marriage rights and will vote in favour of any measure that comes before the Scottish Parliament which will move us towards achieving this goal in Scotland." (Letter to Faith in Marriage coalition, May 2012) 2012
Aileen McLeod SNP South Scotland 1 1
25106
Profile “To my mind marriage is a union entered into by two people who love each other, regardless of sexual orientation. That is why I fully support the Equality Network’s campaign and do so with the intention of voting through equal marriage in the Scottish Parliament. I also believe it is right and proper that those who do not want to conduct same sex ceremonies should not be obliged to do so and that there should be choice. I pride myself on being Scottish and I pride Scotland on being an equal and diverse nation – allowing same-sex marriage and removing the barriers for heterosexual couples to enter into a civil partnership are all that is stopping us from being an even more equality led country.” (Email to Equality Network, March 2012) 2012
Fiona McLeod SNP Strathkelvin and Bearsden 1 1
14057
Profile Signed the Equal Marriage Pledge (SNP Conference, March 2012) 2012
Michael McMahon Labour Uddingston and Bellshill
14059
Profile
Siobhan McMahon Labour Central Scotland
25107
Profile “Please be assured that I will consider all the views which have expressed to me should there come to be a vote in the Scottish Parliament on this issue." (Letter to Faith in Marriage coalition, May 2012)
Stuart McMillan SNP West Scotland 1 0
14060
Profile “I will await the findings of the consultation before committing myself to either side of the argument." (Letter to Faith in Marriage coalition, May 2012)
Duncan McNeil Labour Greenock and Inverclyde 1 0
14061
Profile “I am in favour of the Bill in principle in stage one. The Scottish Governments approach to amendments to the Bill will determine how I will vote at Stage 3." (Email to constituent, November 2013)
Anne McTaggart Labour Glasgow 1 1
25108
Profile “The Labour Party's Election Manifesto 2011 pledged to consult on equalising marriage rights for all and the Party has a credible record on LGBT equality issues of which I am extremely proud. I support the campaign for Equal Marriage and Legislation which would allow religious bodies to conduct same-sex marriages should they wish to do so." (Letter to Equality Network, March 2012) 2012
Nanette Milne Conservative North East Scotland 0 0
14064
Profile "I think it is unlikely that I will support such legislation... I remain to be convinced of the need to change the law on marriage." (Letter to Youth and Student Leaders, March 2012)
Margaret Mitchell Conservative Central Scotland 0 0
14065
Profile Informed the Equality Network that she will not be supporting equal marriage (Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Conference, March 2012)
Elaine Murray Labour Dumfriesshire 1 1
14070
Profile "If in Government, Scottish Labour intends to provide genuine equality for same-sex partnerships and their families by addressing the different status of civil partnership and marriage. We also intend to enable religious organisations which wish to do so to hold same-sex ceremonies on their premises." (Email to constituent, April 2011) 2011
Alex Neil SNP Airdrie and Shotts 1 1
14071
Profile
Gil Paterson SNP Clydebank and Milngavie 1 1
14075
Profile "I am carefully considering the points raised by the Faith in Marriage coalition, other organisations and constituents." (Letter to Faith in Marriage coalition, May 2012)
Graeme Pearson Labour South Scotland 1 0
25109
Profile "I will carefully consider the points that you, and other constituents, have raised on this issue." (Email to constituent, December 2011)
John Pentland Labour Motherwell and Wishaw 1 1
25110
Profile "I can confirm that I have pledged my support of the Equal Marriage campaign." (Letter to Youth and Student Leaders, March 2012) 2012
Willie Rennie Liberal Democrat Mid Scotland and Fife 1 1
25111
Profile "I want Scotland to be one of the most fair and progressive places in the world.Extending marriage equality to all is a really important part of that. The Equality Network should be congratulated on their fantastic job of highlighting how important this campaign is and I look forward to working with them as we enter the next stage of this debate." (Email to Equality Network, January 2012) 2011
Dennis Robertson SNP Aberdeenshire West 1 1
25112
Profile Signed the Equal Marriage Pledge (Equality Network Scottish Parliament reception, 31 January 2012) 2012
Shona Robison SNP Dundee City East 1 1
14085
Profile Signed the Equal Marriage Pledge (SNP Conference, March 2012) 2012
Michael Russell SNP Argyll and Bute 1 1
14089
Profile “The Scottish Government is now carefully considering all of the responses to the consultation and will publish an analysis of the responses in due course." (Letter to Faith in Marriage coalition, May 2012)
Alex Salmond SNP Aberdeenshire East 1 1
10525
Profile Asked by The Herald if he was in favour of same-sex marriage, the First Minister said; “I am. I’m very much against imposing it on any religion. But … if a denomination is prepared to accept gay marriage then I’m in favour of it, yes. My personal feeling would be to tend towards it. But we’ll put it out to consultation.” (The Herald, April 2011)
Mary Scanlon Conservative Highlands and Islands 1 0
14090
Profile
John Scott Conservative Ayr 1 0
14091
Profile “As someone who strongly supports the value of marriage and the social stability it brings, I believe the ability to get married and to form a stable, loving and equal commitment should be extended to everyone in Scotland, including same-sex couples, and it is therefore my intention to support this Bill and the introduction of equal marriage.” (Email to constituent, 11 Nov 2013)
Tavish Scott Liberal Democrat Shetland Islands 1 0
14092
Profile “Tavish is with the rest of our parliamentary group in supporting equal marriage” (Email from the Scottish Liberal Democrats to Equality Network, 29 May 2012)
Richard Simpson Labour Mid Scotland and Fife 1 1
14095
Profile “When the proposals for Civil Partnerships were first made I was supportive of that cause and welcomed legislation to allow for civil partnerships. I am equally supportive today for those who wish to be married and encourage the Government to table legislation ensuring the organisations who wish to conduct same-sex marriages be allowed.” (Email to Equality Network, December 2011) 2011
Drew Smith Labour Glasgow 1 1
25113
Profile "I am proud of the Labour Party's strong record on LGBT equality issues. In our 2011 election manifesto, Scottish Labour pledged to consult on equalising marriage rights for all, with a view to introducing a bill on marriage equality... I do support marriage equality and I would like to see the SNP government bring forward measures to obtain it speedily... With very best wishes, and well done on the campaign." (Letter to youth and student leaders, March 2012) 2011
Elaine Smith Labour Coatbridge and Chryston 0 0
14099
Profile "“As a legislator, I intend to vote against this bill and I believe that I am in tune with the wishes of the majority of my constituents. I certainly don’t believe that I’m homophobic. However, I have no doubt that I will be made to suffer for my views on this issue and by voting against I will undoubtedly be labelled homophobic.The Scottish Government has indicated that they will introduce the legislation before the summer recess. The first I heard about the attempt to redefine marriage was prior to last election but I didn’t think it would progress for several reasons. We already have equality in law with civil partnerships and ‘marriage’ means one man and one woman. Further, many in the gay community had made it clear that this was not an objective and indeed some did not want their relationships defined in any way as marriage. I am surprised that it came forward, particularly as none of the main parties had it in their manifesto to introduce it although some did say they would consult. As I’ve always been committed to equality – I looked at this issue with open mindedness and considered whether it was something I should support. I came to the conclusion that it’s not a matter of equality. Civil partnerships provide equality and just because something is not exactly the same doesn’t make it unequal. Unfortunately, people of faith who speak out against redefining marriage are being treated in a discriminatory manner and being subjected to treatment that amounts to hate crime. If you try to defend marriage you are tagged as homophobic and at the very least verbally abused. In some cases it is worse. If that happens now, then imagine what will happen after. We actually don’t have to imagine because we have legal opinion on the matter. Aiden O’Neill QC released a document in which he outlined the potential consequences that could arise. For example, a church hires a council owned community centre for a youth group. The church will not conduct same sex marriages and someone complains to the council. Aiden O’Neill says the council would be within their rights to stop giving church access to centre. The Government are very keen to point out that they intend to protect churches whose religious belief means that they do not accept redefinition of marriage. In the Catholic Church, marriage is a sacrament. My own instinct is to agree with legal opinion which says that will not be possible. We only need to look to gay adoption to see the consequences. The Government assured religious adoption agencies would not be penalised because of this legislation but now the St Margaret’s adoption agency is facing closure. Freedom of religion is extremely important. No faith group should be obliged to hold same sex marriages. Religious marriages are a matter for each church, religious organisation or denomination, not for the Government or Parliament. Religious freedom is guaranteed in law and both the Human Rights Act and the European Convention of Human Rights also protect religious belief. I think that is the only way that the Parliament would vote against this – if MSP’s realise the consequences. Many signed up to the equal marriage pledge with a but … that churches shouldn’t have to carry out gay marriages against their wishes. Their constituents need to persuade those MSP’s that this is a very real possibility. It is society, religious belief and biology that defines marriage as one man one woman for the pro-creation of children. Once you open it up there are also many problems of redefining legislation and taking away terms like husband and wife. I don’t doubt that many people who support the redefinition of marriage are doing so from very sincere beliefs that it is a matter of equality. I don’t agree with them and I think that it will have serious consequences as yet unknown for many people particularly of faith. However, I also think it is being supported and promoted by people beyond the gay community who know very well what the consequences will be and have an agenda of undermining organised religion. I certainly don’t believe that I’m homophobic. I do my best, as most Christians do, to love my neighbour and not to wish harm on anyone. That’s fairly fundamental to our beliefs. However, I have no doubt that I will be made to suffer for my views on this issue and by voting against I will undoubtedly be labelled homophobic. I do not believe that the definition of marriage as one man and one woman is a matter of discrimination or prejudice against gay people. What I do believe is that a redefinition in the law will result in prejudice and discrimination against those who believe that marriage is one man and one woman and in particular against practising Catholics who regard it as a sacrament. As a legislator, I intend to vote against this bill for several reasons but the main ones are this: I believe it will have far reaching consequences and I believe that I am in tune with the wishes of the majority of my constituents.” (Scotland For Marriage press release, 17 June 2013)
Elizabeth Smith Conservative Mid Scotland and Fife 0 0
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Profile In the run up to the 2011 Scottish Parliament elections Elizabeth Smith told voters that she supported equal marriage; "Personally I would support such a change." (email to constituent, May 2011), since being elected however she has announced “I will not be voting for any change in the legal definition of marriage or supporting any measures which threaten to undermine family life in its traditional form." (Email to constituent, January 2012)
Stewart Stevenson SNP Banffshire and Buchan Coast 1 0
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David Stewart Labour Highlands and Islands 1 1
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Profile "I want to see Scotland become a fairer and more equal society and believe that everyone should be entitled to marry and commit to the person that they love. I support the right of religious institutions and faith groups to conduct ceremonies in accordance to their beliefs and I support the Equality Network’s Equal Marriage campaign.” (Email to Equality Network, 14 June 2012) 2012
Kevin Stewart SNP Aberdeen Central 1 1
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Profile “I am happy to say that I am a supporter of Equal Marriage and it is my intention to vote in favour of this when a bill is introduced to the Scottish Parliament." (Letter to Faith in Marriage coalition, May 2012) 2011
Nicola Sturgeon SNP Glasgow Southside 1 1
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Profile “I am personally in favour of equal marriage and would vote accordingly in the Scottish Parliament.” (Email to constituent, April 2011)
John Swinney SNP Perthshire North 1 1
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Profile “Speaking in a live webcast at the SNP conference in Inverness, Mr Swinney said he was personally in support of gay marriage” (BBC Interview at SNP conference:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-15403124 - 21 October 2011)
Dave Thompson SNP Skye 0 0
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Profile "I am on record as saying that I see no need to change the current law, and I look forward to viewing the result of the consultation." (Letter to Equality Network, May 2012)
David Torrance SNP Kirkcaldy 1 1
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Profile Signed the Equal Marriage Pledge (Equality Network Scottish Parliament reception, 31 January 2012) 2012
Jean Urquhart Independent Highlands and Islands 1 1
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Profile Signed the Equal Marriage Pledge (SNP Conference, March 2012) 2012
Maureen Watt SNP Aberdeen South and North Kincardine 1 1
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Paul Wheelhouse SNP South Scotland 1 1
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Profile "Religious and humanist freedom to participate in same-sex marriage...should also be protected." (Letter to Faith in Marriage coalition, May 2012) 2012
Sandra White SNP Glasgow Kelvin 1 1
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Profile Signed the Equal Marriage Pledge (SNP Conference, March 2012) 2012
John Wilson SNP Central Scotland 1 1
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Profile Signed the Equal Marriage Pledge (SNP Conference, March 2012) 2012
Humza Yousaf SNP Glasgow 1 1
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Profile "Thank you for your letter concerning the Equality Network's Equal Marriage campaign. I can confirm I support the principle of equal marriage... I believe that same-sex marriage should be introduced... I am also a passionate believer in religious freedom, which of course cuts both ways. Just as those faith groups who do not want to conduct same-sex marriages should have the freedom not to do so, I do not believe that should be at the expense of those who wish to conduct such ceremonies." (Letter to Youth and Student Leaders, March 2012) 2012

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