Motion ref. S6M-05861
Same-Sex Marriage at St Magnus Cathedral
Submitted by: Liam McArthur, Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats.
Date lodged: Thursday, September 22, 2022
Supported by: Karen Adam, Miles Briggs, Ariane Burgess, Stephanie Callaghan, Jackson Carlaw, Maggie Chapman, Alex Cole-Hamilton, Graeme Dey, Sharon Dowey, Jackie Dunbar, Pam Duncan-Glancy, Bill Kidd, Monica Lennon, Douglas Lumsden, Fulton MacGregor, Rona Mackay, Paul McLennan, Stuart McMillan, Audrey Nicoll, Paul O'Kane, Emma Roddick, Paul Sweeney, Elena Whitham
That the Parliament applauds the decision to allow same-sex marriage at St Magnus Cathedral in Orkney for the first time; understands that St Magnus Cathedral Minister, Reverend Fraser Macnaughton, is now able to conduct same-sex marriages from 1 September 2022; considers that this is an historic moment for equality and inclusion in Orkney, which it believes has been widely welcomed by the local community; commends the decision by the Church of Scotland General Assembly in May to allow ministers and deacons to marry same-sex couples, which followed years of campaigning for equal marriage; acknowledges what it sees as the significance of St Magnus Cathedral, known as the Light in the North, to the people of Orkney, and its status as the most northerly cathedral in the UK; believes that those with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender identities (LGBT+) in Orkney and across the world should have equal rights and be able to live free from prejudice and discrimination, and thanks Reverend Macnaughton and the wider cathedral congregation for opening up these opportunities for greater equality in future.