30 November 2011
The BBC Scotland news gave 20 seconds of coverage to the Scotland for Marriage protest.
About 200 people protested outside the Scottish Parliament today in favour of traditional marriage, and against redefining marriage to include homosexual partnerships. It was billed as a non-denominational protest, although the main speakers were the Roman Catholic cardinal Keith O’Brien, Ann Allen a former convener of the Church of Scotland’s Board of Social Responsibility, and former SNP leader Gordon Wilson who called for a referendum on the issue.
The date chosen was rather inept, co-inciding with the public sector pension strike, the largest strike in a generation. This swamped the event so that the BBC report lasted 20 seconds near the end of the news item, and with no comment from any of the speakers at the protest. STV also gave some coverage, showing protestors signing a petition calling for a referendum.
This protest was the launch of the Scotland for Marriage campaign group. The media and the public are more interested in their pension rights in ten years’ time than in the greatest social upheaval in a millennium or more.
United Christian Witness and Protest
There will be a specifically Christian, non-denominational protest on Thursday 8/12/2011 outside the Scottish Parliament building. Supporters are encouraged to attend this United Christian Witness and Protest from 9.30 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. Speakers are expected to include Timothy McGlynn, James Gracie, Stephen Holland, Jim Hamilton, David Carson, David Silversides and Trevor Kirkland. A special prayer meeting will be held in the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing), 29 Arthur Street, Edinburgh EH6 5AH, on Wednesday 7/12/2011 at 7.30 p.m. Those who can attend are encouraged to do so.
The Scottish Christian Party has produced a one-page ready reckoner to help people fill in their response to the Scottish Government consultation.
- Wikipedia article on the campaign to redefine marriage in Scotland