A Moment Of National Pride

Thursday, 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. 
*I realise these photos are totally unrelated but they had to go somewhere...

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  1. Hear, hear! I am so, so proud of our country right now.

  2. Aww Scotland!! I wish NZ was the same, it's embarrassing that it is not legal here...yet

  3. Ah this is such a lovely post! I'd love to visit scotland some day


  4. I would be proud of my country too! That's awesome! :) And I LOVE that photo of you with the mug. SO cute !

  5. We are currently debating this issue here in NZ....hopefully we go the same way as Scotland! xx

  6. I can see why you're so proud of your conuntry! Italy is quite closed about gay marriage (also due to the Vatican, you know), but I can't wait for the moment gay marriage will be legalized. I really hope that in future my country will be a country where everybody has equal rights.

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