Thurs 26 July 2012
UNISON Scotland welcomes decision to lift the ban on same sex
UNISON, Scotland’s largest trade union, has welcomed the
long-awaited announcement that the Scottish Government will legislate
for same sex couples to marry.
Mike Kirby, UNISON’s Scottish Secretary, said: “UNISON
has long campaigned for marriage and civil partnership to be
open to all couples, irrespective of gender or gender identity.
“Same sex marriage is about equality and freedom. Restricting
marriage to opposite sex couples perpetuates homophobia and reinforces
the view that same sex couples are second best and cannot be
a real family.
“This type of discrimination has no place in a modern
Scotland and we’re glad the Scottish Government has taken
this important step towards a fairer and more equal Scotland.”
Notes for editors
1. UNISON is Scotland’s largest trade union and campaigns
for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality and
human rights in Scotland
2. For more information please visit
more information please contact: Trisha Hamilton, UNISON’s
Communications Officer, on 0141 342 2877 or 07939 478 461