Stage: 1, 2, and 3
The Scottish Government introduced the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill in the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday, 26 June 2013.
The Bill would introduce same-sex marriage and also make various general changes to the law on marriage and civil partnerships.
In order to inform its scrutiny of the Bill at Stage 1, the Equal Opportunities Committee sought views both on the provisions set out in the Bill (such as allowing the religious and belief registration of civil partnerships, or civil partnerships changing to marriage), and on wider issues relating to the Bill such as freedom of speech.
The Bill was debated at Stage 1 on 20 November 2013.
Official Report - Stage 1 Debate
Stage 2 (Day 1) took place on 19 December.
Minutes of Equal Opportunities Committee meeting - 19 December 2013
Official Report of Equal Opportunities Committee meeting - 19 December 2013
Stage 2 (Day 2) took place on 16 January 2014.
Minutes of Equal Opportunities Committee meeting - 16 January 2014
Official Report of Equal Opportunities Committee meeting - 16 January 2014
The Bill was debated at Stage 3 on 4 February 2014.
Offical Report - Stage 3 Debate
11 October 2013
5 November 2013
6 November 2013
16 December 2013
15 January 2014
28 January 2014
3 February 2014
June 2013 to April 2014
We launched our call for evidence on 27 June 2013. A summary paper of evidence, along with all written evidence received, is available—
All written evidence
Oral evidence sessions began on 5 September and ended with ministerial evidence on 3 October 2013.
Work By Other Committees
On 2 October 2013, the Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee’s report to the Equal Opportunities Committee on the delegated powers provisions in the Bill was published.
51st Report, 2013 (Session 4): Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill
The Committee published its Stage1 report on the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill On 8 November 2013.