The Scotsman reports that SNP Ministers came under pressure at a meeting in Skye to hold a referendum on same-sex marriage. They refused, which is admirable, and it seems that they are still determined to go ahead with the legislation they promised on the matter.
My only slight concern is the indeterminate nature of the language, as reported, in which that determination is couched. The Scotsman says;
"Mr Salmond dismissed the calls for a referendum and repeated his pledge to allow a free vote among SNP MSPs if the issue comes before the Scottish Parliament........“We’re very clear that if we decided to go down this road, that it will be done on the basis of protection offered to not only churches, but also individual celebrants,I have highlighted in bold the potentially weasel words.....
“Any decision to proceed will be accompanied by protection. This is not a meaningless commitment and has been part of the consultation.”
So the SNP is determined, if it goes ahead with legislation, that there will not be a referendum. Which is fine.
It's just that it would be a lot better if the statements left absolutely no doubt at all that the legislation will go ahead.
Even more so in the light of the remarks of new Archbishopof Glasgow, Phillip Tartaglia, on the unfortunate early death of David Cairns MP, which can be seen in this video at about 1hr and 4mins in.
It seems to me that any equivocation in the face of the AB's medieval mindset is wrong, even cowardly, for any modern and forward thinking person or organisation.
So maybe the Nats don't deserve the whole Hurrah!, the full Three Cheers. Perhaps, in the absence of absolute clarity and conviction from Nationalist ministers in the face of organised religious opposition, I should change the headline to "Two cheers for the SNP!" or maybe "Two-and-a-wee-bit Cheers for the SNP!".
My friends and political opponents would say even that would be something to note....
HOLD THE PRESSES! Ten minutes after posting.... This has just come in.... The SNP Government is to bring in legislation to legalise same-sex marriage. Good for them.
Three Cheers indeed!