This is an announcement that a bill will be brought forward to the Scottish Parliament, not that the law has changed as yet.
At present, civil partnerships have the same legal rights as religious marriages. I see no reason not to extend the option of religious marriage to same sex couples, and thus I am very much for the proposed legislation. The sooner it occurs the better.
However, there is a sour note rings with regard to this latest proposal. There was a public consultation, with 77,508 responses (according to the link above), 64% of which were against same sex marriage. So what is the right thing for elected officials to do? Make a moral judgement based on principals of equality that goes against the opinion of the populace, or to follow what the electorate want and make a choice that maintains discrimination? Who are the politicians to make that subjective judgement? What if the situation were something different, such as conscription of the populace to fight in wars. Should the opinion of voters be ignored?
We all reply on others to make the best choices for us. Whether it is our parents during formative years or officials in various guises making judgements that affect our well-being on a daily basis. Food standard agencies, health officials, police and law enforcers, even bus or taxi drivers and a myriad of others. We select our politicians to make certain decisions for us as part of a democratic process. We put them in power, but then we must trust that those with the power wield it correctly and leave them to make the necessary decisions. They are human and likely mistakes will be, and often are, made along the way, but it is still their role to make these type of judgements.
As already indicated, I think the right decision is being made. That said, I also think they are walking a fine line. If this was the decision they were going to make anyway, why pursue a consultation in the first place? By doing a consultation they were specifically asking for voter's opinions in order to facilitate making a choice about a controversial topic. I can't help but feel that the consultation was a bad idea that ended up with a negative result and now going against the majority of opinion will not help the cause of homosexual equality.
Perhaps a better, but possibly less headline-grabbing, method (following the consultation) would have been to go down the route of education and winning voters opinions to the cause. Perhaps the Scottish politicians wouldn't then get ahead of those in England and Wales with regard to legislation, but listening to the opinion they have requested would be the better course of action to take.
Skeptical kinkster musing on whatever takes my fancy!