A Moment Of National PrideThursday, July 26, 2012
I'm not usually one for getting teary and emotional about my country, but I'm proud to be Scottish, and think I live in a pretty wonderfully inclusive country and our politicians proved that last night. It's going to take some time, and will probably cause all manners of issues, but Scotland is legalizing gay marriage.
Ministers have confirmed that they will be putting through a bill on the issue and the first ceremonies could happen as early as 2015. Nicola Sturgeon, the Deputy First Minister, announced the decision yesterday saying. "We are committed to a Scotland that is fair and equal and this is why we intend to proceed with plans to allow same-sex marriages and religious ceremonies for civil partnerships. We believe that this is the right thing to do."
That final sentence makes me so happy. I honestly can't think of many other politicians who would happily make this announcement. The government has confirmed no religious institutions will be forced to perform these ceremonies, which is only fair, but I am so excited. Equal rights for everyone means so much for me, and the fact that my gay friends can now have the wedding of their dreams makes me so unbelievably happy.
I'm so proud of my country today, I understand not everyone will be happy about the decision, and that is fine, but I am happy, and I am proud, and right now, I think my country is pretty freaking awesome. I can only hope this decision will encourage other countries to do the right thing.