Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Have your say on Equal Marriage in person or online

I may have nagged you once or twice about taking part in the Scottish Government's consultation on Equal Marriage which runs until 9th December.

The opponents of equal marriage are trying to get 100,000 negative responses to the consultation. We know that  almost 2/3 of the Scottish population, a good couple of million of the voting public, support equalising the marriage laws so we owe it to all of them to encourage as many positive responses as possible - with no limits.

The postcard above is part of the ever awesome Liberal Youth Scotland's very well received campaign on equal marriage which is running this Autumn. They have also set up a link on their website so that you can write to your MSPs urging them to support equal marriage.  Their draft letter is written with sensitivity and heart, and you can add your own views to it.

Those nice people at the Equality Network have made responding to the consultation really easy - it took me about 10 minutes this morning while I was trying to get 3 kids out for school and faffing with dinner money and tights and the like. Click here for the link.  They also then send you an e-mail with all that you've written so that you can post it on your blog. I will - but it gives me an excuse to nag you again, so I'll keep you in suspense for the time being.

Equality Network are also running a series of events with people from the Scottish Government over the next couple of weeks. I'll be at the one on Saturday at the Scottish Government HQ at Victoria Quay between 2 and 4 pm.

There are other events (and this text has been blatantly filched from their Facebook page. I hope they don't mind):

Glasgow Event
(6.30pm, Wed 9th Nov)
St Mungo Museum, 2 Castle Street
Glasgow, G4 0RH.
Register: http://equalmarriageglasgow-eorg.eventbrite.co.uk/

Inverness Event
(6.30pm, Tues 15th Nov)
Spectrum Centre, 1 Margaret Street
Inverness, IV1 1LS.
Register: http://equalmarriageinverness-eorg.eventbrite.co.uk/

Dundee Event
(6.30pm, Wed 16th Nov)
Discovery Point, Discovery Quay
Dundee, DD1 4XA.
Register: http://equalmarriagedundee-eorg.eventbrite.co.uk/

Dumfries Event
(6.30pm, Thurs 24th Nov)
LGBT Centre, 88b High Street
Dumfries, DG1 2BJ.
Register: http://equalmarriagedumfries-eorg.eventbrite.co.uk/

They say that "refreshments" will be available so there's even more incentive to go.

If you can get to any of these events, please do - and don't forget to respond to the consultation. It's really important that we make our views heard.

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