SNP wants ‘families first’ but still mulls redefining marriage

The Scottish National Party (SNP) wants to put “families first” in Glasgow – but at the same time is considering redefining marriage across the country.

The leader of the SNP Group in Glasgow, Councillor Allison Hunter, said an administration led by her party would deliver a “fairer deal for local families”.

But the Scottish Government, which is led by the SNP, has previously said it favours the redefinition of marriage and is currently analysing responses to its consultation on the issue.


In comments which came as the party launched its Glasgow local election campaign, the SNP promised to “put jobs and families first”.

Cllr Hunter said: “Glasgow is Scotland’s leading city and a fantastic place to live and work. And that’s why an SNP administration will put Glasgow families first.”

Redefining marriage has been criticised by a national newspaper as risking “undermining the traditional family”.


And the Scotland for Marriage campaign group, which supports traditional marriage, says there is a “well-researched evidence base which shows that, although death and divorce may prevent it, children do best when raised by their married mother and father”.

The leader of the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland, Cardinal Keith O’Brien, has said: “Any attempt to redefine marriage is a direct attack on a foundational building block of society and will be strenuously opposed.”

Scotland for Marriage has a petition on the issue which can be signed by those living in Scotland here.

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