A call for evidence has been published today on the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill by the Scottish Parliament’s Equal Opportunities Committee.
The Bill would introduce same-sex marriage and also make various general changes to marriage law. This would include putting belief celebrants on the same footing as religious celebrants, allowing civil marriage ceremonies to take place anywhere, other than religious premises, and allowing transgender people to stay married when obtaining the full Gender Recognition Certificate.
Committee Convener Mary Fee MSP said:
“It is the Committee’s role to scrutinise this bill, and the call for evidence we have issued today starts that process. Those who wish to respond to the call for evidence can do so via our website or by writing directly to us at the Scottish Parliament, before 23 August.
“We are well aware of the strong views on all sides of the debate surrounding the Bill and the Committee wants to ensure that as many people as possible are made aware of what the Bill proposes and have the opportunity to submit their views.”
The call for evidence will close on 23 August 2013.