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Equal marriage key to tolerant Scotland

December 1, 2011 6:43 AM

'Scotland for Marriage', a group opposed to equal marriage in Scotland, held a demonstration outside the Scottish Parliament yesterday.

During the rally, Cardinal Keith O'Brien said "If the Scottish Government attempt to demolish a universally recognised human right they will have forfeited the trust which the nation, including peoples of all faith and no faith, have placed in them, and their intolerance will shame Scotland in the eyes of the world."

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP said:

"I am very disappointed that senior and respected figures like Cardinal O'Brien and Gordon Wilson could be so intolerant. Liberal Democrats support the SNP Government's effort to bring fairness and equality to marriage and we urge the First Minister to stand firm against this campaign.

"What I find difficult to understand is why those opposed to equal marriage want to impose their views on everyone else when we are not seeking to impose our views on them. If two people want to get married and a church wants to conduct the service why should anyone stop them?

"Liberal Democrats want a tolerant and fair society and equal marriage is a key part of that."