THE Scottish government’s decision that they will push ahead with a bill to give legal recognition to same-sex marriage has been welcomed by the Christian thinktank, Ekklesia.
“This is good news for the significant number of people in Scotland, both religious and non-religious, who have worked and advocated for marriage equality,” said Symon Hill, Ekklesia’s associate director.
He continued: “Many people will now be hoping that Prime Minister, David Cameron, and his colleagues will follow the Scottish lead and live up to their promise to legalise same-sex marriage in England and Wales. They could also show a commitment to religious liberty by allowing faith groups to celebrate same-sex marriages if they wish to do so, while respecting the rights of those that choose not to.”
Ekklesia, which has a base in Edinburgh, reiterated its call for a thorough overhaul of marriage law in response to the diversity of beliefs and relationships in a plural society.
Its report suggesting a variety of registered partnerships, and distinguishing different religious and civil meanings of marriage, was first published in 2009.
Mr Hill added: “As with most questions involving sexuality and marriage, Christians and other faith groups have a range of views on this issue. It is vital that this controversy is not misrepresented as a conflict between the religious and the non-religious.”
Notes for editors:
 Founded in 2001/2, Ekklesia examines politics, values and beliefs in a changing world, from a Christian perspective in dialogue with others. More details here.
 The report ‘What Future for Marriage’ is available online here.
 Also from Ekklesia: Marriage: commitment, creativity and celebration.