MSPs face local campaign against gay marriage plans

In a major new localised campaign, voters will put MSPs under the spotlight over Scottish Government plans to redefine marriage.

Scotland for Marriage – the group leading the opposition to the plans – has announced its community-based initiative.

The campaign group says it has a “clear agenda for action allied to a properly planned and well-funded programme which will be professionally executed”.

Majority

A spokesman said: “With none of the political parties willing to make a stand on behalf of the silent majority, we will be taking our campaign direct to the people of Scotland and to individual MSPs.”

He added: “MSPs might think they can easily blend into the background at a national level.

Anonymity

“However, that comfortable anonymity disappears when they are faced with direct questioning at the local level by those to whom they are directly accountable – the local electorate, who have the power to make or break their political careers at the ballot box.”

S4M is planning to establish a presence in each Scottish parliamentary constituency and make local voters aware of the stance their MSPs have on the divisive issue.

A spokesman for the Government said that it had taken “all views” into account when making its decision.

Protesting

The Scottish Government, which is led by the Scottish National Party, has faced widespread opposition to its plans to redefine marriage.

More than 32,000 people have signed Scotland for Marriage’s petition protesting against any change.

Last month an editorial in one of Scotland’s leading papers warned that the SNP’s “baffling decision” to redefine marriage had provoked an “unnecessary controversy” which could hinder independence.

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