Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill

 

Stage: 1, 2, and 3

The Scottish Government introduced the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill in the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday, 26 June 2013.

The Bill would introduce same-sex marriage and also make various general changes to the law on marriage and civil partnerships.

Stage 1

In order to inform its scrutiny of the Bill at Stage 1, the Equal Opportunities Committee sought views both on the provisions set out in the Bill (such as allowing the religious and belief registration of civil partnerships, or civil partnerships changing to marriage), and on wider issues relating to the Bill such as freedom of speech.

The Bill was debated at Stage 1 on 20 November 2013.

Official Report - Stage 1 Debate

Stage 2

Stage 2 (Day 1) took place on 19 December.

Minutes of Equal Opportunities Committee meeting - 19 December 2013

Official Report of Equal Opportunities Committee meeting - 19 December 2013

Stage 2 (Day 2) took place on 16 January 2014.

 Minutes of Equal Opportunities Committee meeting - 16 January 2014

Official Report of Equal Opportunities Committee meeting - 16 January 2014

Stage 3

The Bill was debated at Stage 3 on 4 February 2014.

Offical Report - Stage 3 Debate

Correspondence

11 October 2013

5 November 2013

6 November 2013

16 December 2013

15 January 2014

28 January 2014

3 February 2014

15 April 2014

15 May 2014

Timetable

June 2013 to April 2014

Evidence

We launched our call for evidence on 27 June 2013. A summary paper of evidence, along with all written evidence received, is available—

All written evidence

Oral evidence sessions began on 5 September and ended with ministerial evidence on 3 October 2013.

Oral evidence

Work By Other Committees

On 2 October 2013, the Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee’s report to the Equal Opportunities Committee on the delegated powers provisions in the Bill was published.

 51st Report, 2013 (Session 4): Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill

Report

The Committee published its Stage1 report on the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill On 8 November 2013.

 

You can contact the Clerking team by email at equal.opportunities@scottish.parliament.uk, or by phone on 0131 348 5408.