This Bill briefing has been produced to provide the Parliament with information on the provisions in the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill.
It offers an overview of the provisions within this Bill, which was introduced in the parliament on 26 June 2013 by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing. It also provides some background to the Bill and briefly summarises the written evidence received by the Equal Opportunties Committee during its stage one considerations.
It may be noted that this briefing has been revised to clarify information around the 2011 Scottish Government consultation on the registration of civil partnerships and same sex marriage to give further detail on the weight of views for and against the introduction of same sex marriage. It also further highlights the difference in scale of membership between those religious groups which oppose the proposals in the Bill and those which support them.
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Published: 25 November 2013