Virtue of patience

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Norman Bonney (Letters, 28 June) expresses frustration at the slow progress towards the introduction of same-sex marriage, and many LGBT people and their families and friends will share that feeling.

The Equality Network has been campaigning for this measure for five years now, and sometimes the deliberative and consultative processes can be very frustrating. But that’s democracy.

There have been almost two years of thorough Scottish Government consultation on marriage equality, and according to analysis published this week, at least 72 per cent of respondents to the most recent consultation supported same-sex marriage.

We very much welcome the introduction of the bill in the parliament this week.

The Scottish Government has said it hopes it will pass sooner rather than later, and that timetable is now a matter for the parliament.

We will certainly be urging MSPs to consider the bill carefully but promptly, so that the best possible legislation can be in place as soon as possible.

We see no reason why the parliament should not be able to pass the bill by early 2014, and we will then press the Scottish Government to complete the necessary secondary legislation as quickly as possible.

Tim Hopkins

Equality Network

Bernard Street

Edinburgh