A new poll of more than 1,000 adults across Scotland showed that 50 percent of responders prefer a nationwide referendum vs. the Scottish Parliament on the subject of marriage equality. The results are on behalf of Scotland for Marriage.
The Scotland for Marriage website states, “Supporting the current definition of marriage, which has served Scotland well for centuries. Sign the marriage petition to show your support for retaining the current definition of marriage.”
39 percent of responders believed gay marriage should be decided by Holyrood and 12 percent said they did not know. Approximately 55 percent agreed that “marriage should continue to be defined as a life-long exclusive commitment between a man and a woman.” 38 percent disagreed and 7 percent were undecided.
Same-sex civil partnerships are currently recognized in Scotland.
According to the Press Association, a Scotland for Marriage spokesman said: “When an honest poll is taken, most people in Scotland say they want to keep marriage as it is. Half of Scots say gay marriage should be decided by the people in a referendum, only a minority want to leave it to the politicians at Holyrood. We are confident that most respondents oppose the plans and we hope the Scottish Government will not ride roughshod over their wishes.”