More Love and More Marriage; Sunday Mail OPINION
Before Cardinal Keith O'Brien stepped down, along way down, he told us that gay marriage would shame the nation.
It was, he said, "a grotesque subversion of a universally accepted human right, and I know I speak for many people of Scotland when I say that". Well, it isn't and he wasn't.
He was certainly speaking for a number of Scots but they are a small minority. A small minority, who are, unfortunately for them, on the wrong side of history.
Among them is one of Holyrood's finest, Elaine Smith, a deputy presiding officer of the Scottish Parliament and Labour MSP for Coatbridge and Chryston.
She felt compelled to go public last week to complain that she is getting a terribly torrid time after revealing she is going to vote against same–sex marriage.
But, Elaine explained, she is voting against it because her constituents are against it. Really? Because not many people we know give two hoots. If love is a good thing. And marriage is a good thing. Then why on Earth does it matter if the happy couple are Frank and Ernest?
Of course, Elaine Smith is entitled to hold her opinion and there are others, who agree with her. That, of course, is their right.
No doubt the very idea is anathema to many deeply religious people – and a few homophobes, as well – who believe the poor, afflicted gay people should be pitied but never encouraged. …