Video: Scottish Socialist Party says Scotland needs equal marriage ‘to be a beacon to the world’

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The national spokesperson for the Scottish Socialist Party (SSP), Colin Fox, has become the latest public figure to speak out on why he supports equal marriage in a message recorded as part of the Equality Network’s It’s Time campaign.

The campaign is designed to bolster efforts to introduce marriage equality in Scotland.

In his video message, Mr Fox said: “I support equal marriage for the simple reason that I think gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people deserve equality, and for me equality is not divisible. You can’t have partial equality – partial equality is another name for inequality.

“Couples in loving relationships, regardless of whether they’re gay or straight, deserve the same treatment under the law. This is the norm, this is what’s expected in society, that’s why it’s important and I think that’s why it’s time has come.”

Between 2006-2007 the SSP were represented in the Scottish Parliament, with six MSPs at the height of their electoral success. The party hopes to make gains in the 2016 elections.

The SSP have long-supported LGBT equality and were one of the first parties to sign the Equality Network’s Equal Marriage Pledge back in 2008.

Breakfast TV star Lorraine Kellythe leader of the Scottish Conservatives Ruth Davidson and Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie have all recorded videos for the Equality Network’s It’s Time campaign.

The campaign is modelled on PinkNews’ Out4Marriage campaign.

Prime Minister David Cameron praised Out4Marriage over its successful efforts to achieve marriage equality for England and Wales in an exclusive PinkNews column published on Thursday morning.

The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill received Royal Assent on Wednesday afternoon and the first same-sex weddings are due to take place by the summer of 2014.


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