Baptist Union of Scotland

Equally Safe – Reforming the Criminal Law to Address Domestic Abuse and Sexual Offences

A response from Crown Terrace Baptist Church to the Domestic Abuse and Sexual Offences document in the Scottish Government to the Equally Safe: Reforming the criminal law to address domestic abuse and sexual offences consultation.

Published: June 2015

Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill (Equal Opportunities Committee)

Response to the Stage 1 call for evidence from the Equal Opportunities Committee on the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill.

Published: August 2013

Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill (Scottish Govt)

Response to the Scottish Government consultation on the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill.

Published: March 2013

Proposed Criminalisation of the Purchase of Sex (Scotland) Bill (Rhoda Grant MSP)

Baptist Union of Scotland response to a Member’s Bill lodged by Rhoda Grant MSP proposing a Bill on the Criminalisation of the Purchase of Sex.

Published: December 2012

Civil Partnerships and Same Sex Marriage (Scottish Government)

Baptist Union of Scotland response to Scottish Government consultation on Civil Partnership Registration Same Sex Marriage.

Published: December 2011

Church of Scotland

Human Rights Act Appeal Inquiry (European and External Relations Committee)

A response to the Scottish Parliament inquiry on the proposed repeal of the Human Rights Act and its replacement with a British Bill of Rights.

Published: November 2015

British Sign Language (Scotland) Act 2015

The Church and Society Council of the Church of Scotland responded to a call for evidence on the British Sign Language (Scotland) bill. The Church has a long term commitment to the deaf community because it recognises that BSL is a separate language which creates a unique culture among users. The Church of Scotland includes three deaf congregations in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen comprising over 200 adherents, and the Church of Scotland’s Ministries Council employs a Deaf Development Worker to support the Deaf community. People are willing to travel significant distances to be a part of these congregations which worship in BSL. This expertise informed the church’s views on the Bill.

Published: February 2015

EHRC consultation on the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Act 2014

The Church of Scotland is committed to being a constructive voice in the ongoing debate about same sex marriage and religious civil partnerships. It welcomes the decision of the Equality and Human Rights Commission to issue guidance which reflects its understanding of the legal implications of the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Act 2014.

Published: December 2014

Violence Against Women and Girls

Church and Society Council response to the Scottish Government’s draft strategy to address Violence Against Women and Girls.

Published: February 2014

Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill (Scottish Govt)

Church of Scotland response to the Stage One call for evidence from the Equal Opportunities Committee on the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill.

Published: August 2013

Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill (Scottish Govt)

The Church of Scotland response to the Scottish Government consultation on the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill.

Published: March 2013

Proposed Criminalisation of the Purchase of Sex (Scotland) Bill (Rhoda Grant MSP)

Church and Society Council response to a Member’s Bill lodged by Rhoda Grant MSP proposing a Bill on the Criminalisation of the Purchase of Sex.

Published: December 2012

British Sign Language (Scotland) Bill

Response from the Church of Scotland Ministries Council to MSP Mark Griffin’s Proposed BSL Bill.  

Published: December 2014

Civil Partnerships and Same Sex Marriage (Scottish Government)

Church of Scotland response to the Scottish Government consultation on the Registration of Civil Partnerships Same Sex Marriage.

Published: December 2011

Legal intervention on religion and belief rights (Equality and Human Rights Commission)

Response to Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) consultation on legal intervention on religion or belief rights.

Published: September 2011

Free Church of Scotland

Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill (Scottish Govt)

Response to the Scottish Government consultation “Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill”

Published: August 2013

Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill (Scottish Govt)

Response to the Scottish Government consultation “Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill”.

Published: December 2012

Methodist Church in Scotland

Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill (Equal Opportunities Committee)

Methodist Church in Scotland response to the Stage One call for evidence from the Equal Opportunities Committee on the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill.

Published: August 2013

Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill (Scottish Govt)

Response to the Scottish Government consultation “Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill”.

Published: March 2013

Civil Partnerships and Same Sex Marriage (Scottish Govt)

Methodist Church response to the Scottish Government consultation “Civil Partnership Registration Same Sex Marriage”.

Published: December 2011

Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

Marriage And Civil Partnership (Scotland) Act 2014: Section 9 Changing Civil Partnerships Registered Outwith Scotland To Marriage In Scotland

A response by the Religious Society of Friends to the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Act 2014: Section 9 on the Changing Civil Partnerships outwith Scotland to marriage in Scotland.

Published: April 2015

Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill (Equal Opportunities Committee)

Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) response to the Stage One call for evidence from the Equal Opportunities Committee on the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill.

Published: August 2013

Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill (Scottish Govt)

Response to the Scottish Government consultation ‘Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill’.

Published: March 2013

Civil Partnerships and Same Sex Marriage (Scottish Government)

Religious Society of Friends response to Scottish Government consultation on the registration of civil partnerships and same sex marriage. 

Published: November 2011

Civil Partnerships and Same Sex Marriage (Scottish Government) – Accompanying Statement

Accompanying statement to the Religious Society of Friends response to Scottish Government consultation on the registration of civil partnerships and same sex marriage. 

Published: November 2011

Roman Catholic Church

Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill (Scottish Govt)

The Bishops’ Conference of Scotland response to the Scottish Government consultation on the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill.

Published: March 2013

Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill (Scottish Govt)

Catholic Education Commission response to the Scottish Government consultation on the Marriage and Civil Partnership  (Scotland) Bill.

Published: March 2013

Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill (Scottish Govt)

Catholic Parliamentary Office response to the Scottish Government consultation  on the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill.

Published: March 2013

Salvation Army

Criminalisation of the Purchase of Sex

A Scottish Government request for feedback on evidence regarding criminalisation of the purchase of sex.

Published: June 2017

Consultation on a Human Trafficking and Exploitation Strategy for Scotland

Published: December 2016

Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Bill

The Salvation Army believes that the needs of victims should be central to any response to human trafficking, whether legislative, strategic or operational. These proposals are welcome because they keep victims central, both by tackling offenders and supporting victims.

Published: February 2015

Consultation on draft guidance relating to equality and human rights implications for the Marriage and Civil Partnership (S) Act 2014

Published: November 2014

Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill (Equal Opportunities Committee)

The Salvation Army response to the Stage One call for evidence from the Equal Opportunities Committee on the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill.

Published: August 2013

Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill: Human Trafficking aggravation

The Salvation Army response to a call for evidence on the provision within the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill to make human trafficking a statutory aggravation.

Published: August 2013

Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill (Scottish Govt)

Response to the Scottish Government consultation on the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill.

Published: March 2013

Proposed Criminalisation of the Purchase of Sex (Scotland) Bill (Rhoda Grant MSP)

Response to a Member’s Bill lodged by Rhoda Grant MSP proposing a Bill on the Criminalisation of the Purchase of Sex.

Published: December 2012

The Registration of Civil Partnerships and Same Sex Marriage (Scottish Govt)

The Salvation Army response to the Scottish Government consultation on civil partnership registration and same sex marriage.

Published: November 2011

Scottish Episcopal Church

Review of Civil Partnership Consultation

Scottish Episcopal Church’s response to the Scottish Government’s Civil Partnerships Consultation.

Published: December 2015

Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Bill

This submission is made on behalf of the Mission and Ministry Board of the General Synod of the Scottish Episcopal Church in response to the Committee’s call for evidence in relation to the above Bill.

Published: February 2015

Consultation on draft guidance relating to equality and human rights implications for the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Act 2014

This submission is made by a group appointed by the Faith and Order Board of the Scottish Episcopal Church’s General Synod to examine draft subsidiary legislation under the Act and related matters.

Published: November 2014

Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill (Equal Opportunities Committee)

Scottish Episcopal Church Faith and Order Board response to the Stage One call for evidence from the Equal Opportunities Committee on the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill.

Published: August 2013

Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill (Scottish Govt)

Response to the Scottish Government consultation “Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill”.

Published: March 2013

Proposed Criminalisation of the Purchase of Sex (Scotland) Bill

Church in Society Committee response to a Member’s Bill lodged by Rhoda Grant MSP proposing a Bill on the Criminalisation of the Purchase of Sex.

Published: December 2012

Civil Partnerships and Same Sex Marriage (Scottish Government)

Scottish Episcopal Church response to the Scottish Government consultation on Civil Partnership Registration and Same Sex Marriage.

Published: December 2011

Scottish Unitarian Association

The Qualifying Civil Partnership Modification (Scotland) Order 2015 (Draft)

A letter from the Scottish Unitarian Association in support of the draft changes to the same sex marriage legislation in Scotland.

Published: June 2015

Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Act: Section 9 – Changing Civil Partnerships registered outwith Scotland to marriages within Scotland

Published: March 2015

Consultation on draft guidance relating to equality and human rights implications for the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Act 2014

The Scottish Unitarian Association welcomes the Marriage and Civil Partnership (S) Act 2014 and looks forward to same sex marriages being celebrated on Unitarian and other premises. We are pleased that the Act recognises that some people of faith support same sex marriages and will welcome the opportunity for these to be legally conducted. This follows the tradition of blessing same sex relationships by Unitarians for over 20 years.

Published: November 2014

United Free Church of Scotland

Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill

United Free Church of Scotland response to the Stage One call for evidence from the Equal Opportunities Committee on the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill.

Published: August 2013

Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill (Scottish Govt)

United Free Church response to the Scottish Government consultation on the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill.

Published: March 2013

Proposed Criminalisation of the Purchase of Sex (Scotland) Bill (Rhoda Grant MSP)

United Free Church of Scotland response to a Member’s Bill lodged by Rhoda Grant MSP proposing a Bill on the Criminalisation of the Purchase of Sex.

Published: December 2012

Civil Partnerships and Same Sex Marriage (Scottish Government)

United Free Church of Scotland response to the Scottish Government consultation on the Registration of Civil Partnerships and Same Sex Marriage.

Published: November 2011

United Reformed Church

Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill

Response from the URC Scotland Synod Church and Society Committee to the Stage One call for evidence.  

Published: June 2014

Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill (Equal Opportunities Committee)

United Reformed Church Synod of Scotland response to the Stage One call for evidence from the Equal Opportunities Committee on the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill.

Published: August 2013

Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill (Scottish Govt)

Synod of Scotland response to the Scottish Government consultation on the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill. 

Published: March 2013

Proposed Criminalisation of the Purchase of Sex (Scotland) Bill (Rhoda Grant MSP)

United Reformed Church Synod of Scotland response to a Member’s Bill lodged by Rhoda Grant MSP proposing a Bill on the Criminalisation of the Purchase of Sex.

Published: December 2012

Civil Partnerships and Same Sex Marriage (Scottish Government)

United Reformed Church Synod of Scotland response to the Scottish Government consultation on civil partnership registration and same sex marriage. 

Published: November 2011

Action of Churches Together in Scotland (ACTS)

Consultation on Sections 9(2)(b)(i) of Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Act 2015

Published: December 2016

Consultation on a Human Trafficking and Exploitation Strategy for Scotland

Published: December 2016

Proposed Human Trafficking (Scotland) Bill (Jenny Marra MSP)

Scottish Churches Anti-Human Trafficking Group response to proposals for a Members Bill lodged by Jenny Marra MSP.

Published: December 2013

Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Further Provisions and Support for Victims) Bill in the Northern Ireland Assembly

Submission concerning the Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Further Provisions and Support for Victims) Bill in the Northern Ireland Assembly by the Scottish Churches Anti-Human Trafficking Group.

Published: October 2013

Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill: Human Trafficking aggravation

Scottish Churches Anti-Human Trafficking Group response to a call for evidence on the provision within the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill to make human trafficking a statutory aggravation. 

Published: August 2013

Criminalisation of the Purchase of Sex

Scottish Churches Anti-Human Trafficking Group response to a Member’s Bill lodged by Rhoda Grant MSP proposing a Bill on the Criminalisation of the Purchase of Sex.

Published: December 2012

SCPO

Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Bill

A response from members of the Scottish Churches Anti-Human Trafficking Group to a call for evidence from the Justice Committee of the Scottish Parliament.

Published: February 2015

Shared ecumenical responses

Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Bill

This is a joint submission is made on behalf of:

  • The Baptist Union of Scotland
  • The Catholic Parliamentary Office
  • The Church of Scotland, Church and Society Council
  • The Methodist Church
  • The Salvation Army
  • The Scottish Churches Anti-Human Trafficking Group
  • The Scottish Episcopal Church, Mission and Ministry Board
  • The United Free Church of Scotland, Church and Society Committee
  • The United Reformed Church, Synod of Scotland Church and Society Committee

Their main interest in this Bill relates to Section 68 and the regulation of Sexual Entertainment Venues.

Published: September 2014

Regulation of Sexual Entertainment

Shared Ecumenical Response to Scottish Government consultation on Sexual Entertainment Venues.

Published: September 2013