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Consultation on the registration of civil partnership and same sex marriage - responses from organisations

DescriptionResponses from organisations to the Scottish Government's consultation on the registration of civil partnership and same sex marriage.
Official Print Publication Date
Website Publication DateJuly 25, 2012


    Registration of civil partnership and same sex marriage - a consultation

    Responses from organisations

    The Scottish Government consulted between 2 September and 9 December 2011 on the registration of civil partnership and same sex marriage.

    This page contains the consultation responses from organisations which we have permission to publish.  You can view the analysis of responses on our website at www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2012/07/5671.

    The analysis of responses classifies respondents according to whether they responded from Scotland or the rest of the United Kingdom or the rest of the world.  We have used the same categories on this page.  You can also view here the names of organisations who responded to the consultation but did not give us permission to publish their response.

    The views expressed in the consultation responses published here are those of the organisations responding and do not necessarily reflect the Scottish Government's views.

    Responses from Scotland

    Abbeygreen Church of Scotland, Lanark, Kirk Session of 38323

    Abbeyhill Baptist Church, Edinburgh 3722

    Abbotshall Parish Church, Kirkcaldy 6359

    All Saints Scottish Episcopal Church, Glasgow 3741

    Amnesty International Scotland 5731

    Argyll and the Isles, Roman Catholic Diocese of 3840

    Arran Christian Fellowship 1377

    Associated Presbyterian Church, Wick & Strathy, Kirk Session of 18255

    Associated Presbyterian Churches of Scotland 26607

    Associated Presbyterian Churches Skye & Harris 36993

    Associated Presbyterian Churches, Stornoway 0968

    Association of Registrars of Scotland 44790

    Aviemore and Kincraig Church of Scotland 13690

    Ayr Baptist Church 17486

    Baptist Union of Scotland 36237

    Bearsden Baljaffray Parish Church 6054

    Benbecula Church of Scotland, Kirk Session of 35747

    Bible Families 27317

    Bishopbriggs Free Church of Scotland 2469

    Bishops Conference of Scotland, Catholic Parliamentary Office 18935

    Bothwell Evangelical Church 35812

    Bracadale Free Church Continuing, Kirk Session of 42719

    Buckhaven Baptist Church 5752

    Calderwood Baptist Church 39525

    Campbeltown Free Church of Scotland 39682

    CARE for Scotland 44480

    Carrubbers Christian Centre, Edinburgh 43539

    Castlehill Baptist Church 1375

    Catholic Education Commission 10178

    Catholic Headteachers Association of Scotland (CHAS) 20537

    Catholic Truth 5644

    Central Baptist Church, Dundee 3555

    Centre for Research on Families and Relationships 41496

    Changing Attitude Scotland 18934

    Charlotte Baptist Chapel, Edinburgh 44723

    Christ Apostolic Church, Glasgow 1394

    Christian Brethren Assembly, Portessie 1307

    Christian Institute 38245

    Chryston U F Church of Scotland, Glasgow 4189

    Church at Stirling (The) 18950

    Church of God Scotland 0066

    Church of Scotland 36735

    Church of the Nazarene 1427

    Cleland Baptist Church, Motherwell 32394

    Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights 35351

    Coatbridge Mosque 1406

    Coatbridge United Reformed Church 11366

    Coatbridge West Free Church of Scotland 1354

    Cornerstone Christian Fellowship 2693

    Cowdenbeath Baptist Church 35800

    Cross Free Church of Scotland, Kirk Session of 1384

    Cross Ness Church of Scotland, Kirk Session of 28723

    Crosshouse Gospel Hall 22446

    Culduthel Christian Centre 3964

    Cumbernauld Free Church 8994

    Dalry Kirk Session 1258

    Dalserf Parish Church, Kirk Session of 11902

    Demonstration of Holy Ghost and Power Ministry, Edinburgh Holy Ghost Chapel) 26508

    Destiny Church Edinburgh 31836

    Destiny Church Trust 37487

    Discovery Cruising 0709

    Dornoch And District Christian Fellowship 15386

    Duirinish Free Church 13288

    Dumfries Evangelical Church 1249

    Dunbar Study Group 1358

    Duncan Street Baptist Church 31831

    East Dunbartonshire Council – Liberal Democrat Group 17591

    East Lothian Council 44745

    Easter Ross Reiki 18921

    Ebenezer Evangelical Church, Motherwell 3258

    Edinburgh Universities Scottish Nationalist Assocation 17041

    Edinburgh University Labour Students 18250

    Edinburgh University Students' Association LGBT+ Action Group 17278

    Ekklesia thinktank 18551

    Elim Pentecostal Church - Scottish Region 1452

    Equality and Human Rights Commission 34612

    Equality Network 17869

    Erskine Baptist Church 35760

    Erskine Independent Evangelical Church, Kilwinning 4400

    Evangelical Alliance in Scotland 31422

    Eyemouth Baptist Church 11751

    Falkirk and District Evangelical Leaders Forum 1454

    Families Need Fathers Scotland 17454

    Fernielea Gospel Hall, Aberdeen 0969

    Fife Muslim Educational And Cultural Centre 15114

    Forward Together 3195

    Free Church of Scotland 6237

    Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) 18354

    Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland 0745

    Gateway Community Church, Perth 0161

    Gay Dads Scotland 41522

    Gay Men's Health 36287

    Gay Police Association in Scotland 0392

    Glasgow Elim Church, Govanhill 31826

    Glasgow University Students’ Representative Council 11115

    Glenboig Christian Assembly 0641

    Gourock Baptist Church 10701

    Hamilton Baptist Church 45935

    Harris Free Church of Scotland (Continuing), Kirk Session of 2598

    Highland Christian Schools Trust 16399

    Highland Law Practice 3952

    Highland LGBT Forum 17773

    Highways-Byways-Missions 38374

    Holyrood Abbey Church of Scotland 43454

    HOME, Falkirk 38757

    Hope Christian Fellowship, Glasgow 17487

    Hug Action for Mental Health 11750

    Humanist Society Scotland 11668

    Islay Baptist Church, Bowmore 5039

    Kelso Baptist Church 5475

    Kilmallie Free Church, Fort William 19672

    Kilmaurs: Maxwell & Kilmarnock, United Free Church of Scotland, Kirk Session of 10804

    Kilmuir and Stenscholl Free Church of Scotland (Continuing), Kirk Session of 36625

    Kilsyth Community Church 2722

    King's Fellowship (The), Inverness 1356

    Kings Church, Edinburgh 22456

    Kingsview Christian Centre, Kirk Session 43482

    Kirkmuirhill Church of Scotland, Kirk Session of 1367

    Knights of St Columba Province 1 Glasgow 0311

    Knightswood Free Church Continuing, Glasgow 7564

    Knock Free Church, Isle of Lewis 5657

    Larbert Pentecostal Church 0705

    LGBT Centre for Health and Wellbeing 10170

    LGBT Labour Scotland 10991

    LGBT National Youth Council 16969

    LGBT Youth Scotland 19205

    Liberal Youth Scotland 38602

    Linktown Church Kirkcaldy, Kirk Session of 4871

    Linwood Gospel Hall 1355

    Livingston Free Church of Scotland 39976

    Livingston Pentecostal Church 1371

    Lochbroom & Coigach Free Church of Scotland 12543

    Logie & St John's (Cross) Church of Scotland, Dundee, Kirk Session of 39562

    Love Scotland Ltd 42009

    Madrasa Taleem-Ul-Islam 15220

    Madrassa Arabia Islamia 15218

    Manish-Scarista Church of Scotland, Kirk Session of 3411

    Martin's Memorial Church of Scotland, Kirk Session of 12583

    Maryburgh FC 2823

    Methodist Church in Scotland 22460

    Methodist Church in Shetland 45936

    Metropolitan Community Church in Glasgow 10867

    Midlothian Council 44714

    Muslim Council of Scotland 45938

    Mustard Seed Fellowship (The), Glenrothes 1219

    New Life Christian Fellowship, Prestwick 1398

    Newon Wallace Town Church Prayer Group, Ayr 1353

    North Ayrshire Council 5680

    North Uist & Grimsay Free Church of Scotland (Continuing), Kirk Session of 1924

    North Uist, Grimsay & Berneray Free Church of Scotland, Carinish 5355

    Northern Presbytery of the Free Church of Scotland (continuing) 41413

    Oasis Christian Centre, Livingston 7597

    Oban Baptist Church 26819

    Old Luce Church of Scotland, Glenluce, Kirk Session of 4324

    Pagan Federation, Scotland (The) 14103

    Parenting across Scotland 37815

    Park Free Church Session, Isle of Lewis 39979

    Park United Reformed Church, Airdrie 11399

    Pentecostal Church of God Nairn (The) 5691

    Poolewe and Aultbea Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) 42032

    Poolewe and Aultbea Free Church 1571

    Portree Free Church (Continuing) 4059

    Presbytery of Ross, Church of Scotland 14308

    Presbytery of Wigtown and Stranraer, Church of Scotland 10239

    Pride Glasgow 5614

    Public And Commercial Services Union 15362

    Queen Margaret University Students' Union 2819

    RCCG Glasgow 7739

    Reformed Presbyterian Church of Scotland 1426

    Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) General Meeting for Scotland 5334

    Renfrew Trinity Church of Scotland, Renfrew 35403

    River of Life Church (The), Dumfries 10853

    Riverside Christian Church, Buckie 1369

    Roman Catholic Diocese of Paisley, Paisley 0041

    Salvation Army (The) - Scotland Office 26718

    Sandyford Henderson Memorial Church of Scotland Glasgow 13601

    Sauchie & Fishcross U.F. Church, Kirk Session of 4891

    Scottish Christian Party 6049

    Scottish Council of Jewish Communities 8177

    Scottish Episcopal Church - General Synod Faith and Order Board 18961

    Scottish Green Party - Dunbartonshire Branch 14780

    Scottish Human Rights Commision 44801

    Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance 43209

    Scottish Legal Action Group 41415

    Scottish Reformation Society (Lewis) 41244

    Scottish Youth Parliament 17359

    Seventh-day Adventist Church in Scotland 18969

    Sheehan Kelsey Oswald, Family Law Specialists 18869

    Skye and Lochcarron Presbytery, Free Church of Scotland (continuing), Portree) 42760

    Smithton-Culloden Free Church of Scotland, Kirk Session of 5732

    Society of St Vincent de Paul, Glasgow 25070

    St Andrew's Episcopal Church, Alford 1370

    St Andrew's Parish, St Peter's Parish & St Philip's Parish 0600

    St Catherine's Argyle Church of Scotland Edinburgh 18854

    St Columba Church of Scotland Inverness 18024

    St Columba's Church of Scotland, Bridge of Don 37923

    St Devenick's Scottish Episcopal Church, Aberdeen 37986

    St James' Church of Scotland, Kirk Session of, Broughty Ferry 1453

    St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral LGBT Group 0375

    St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, Glasgow 22486

    St Mary's Episcopal Church, Bridge of Weir 14433

    St Rollox Church of Scotland Glasgow 45937

    Stewarton John Knox Parish, Kirk Session of 38836

    Stonewall Scotland 0030

    Stornoway Free Church Deacons' Court 10357

    Stornoway Free Church Session 40142

    Stornoway Reformed Presbyterian Church of Scotland, Isle of Lewis 44113

    STUC (Scottish Trades Union Congress) 10840

    Swan Electronics 2814

    Torrance Parish Church, Glasgow 2747

    Tradition Family Property Association 0050

    UNISON Scotland 17646

    Unitarians in Edinburgh 0009

    United Free Church of Scotland 3876

    United Free Church of Scotland, Tayport 1352

    United Reformed Church, Synod of Scotland, Church & Society Committee on behalf of the Synod 26716

    University and College Union Scotland 44802

    University of Abertay Dundee Students' Association LGBT Society 17598

    University of St Andrews Student's Association 17414

    University of Stirling Students' Union 10683

    Urban Creatures Chartered Architects 17605

    West Ferry, Douglas and Angus Home Fellowship Group, Central Baptist Church, Dundee 1491

    Westhill Free Church of Scotland (Continuing), Inverness 25909

    Wishaw Cambusnethan Old and Morningside Parish Church of Scotland 18928

    Woodlands Methodist Church Discussion Fellowship, Glasgow 39220

    World Wide Marriage Encounter (Scotland) 1351

    Zia-Ul-Quran Centre 15219

    Responses from the rest of the United Kingdom

    2-in-2-1 36216

    Affinity 17344

    a:gender (Civil Service network for trans & intersex people) 14305

    ASLEF LGBT Representative Committee 44775

    Barn Christian Fellowship (The) - Ceredigion 17866

    Barn Christian Fellowship (The) - Droitwich 36286

    Bible Theology Ministries 0595

    Brecon Branch Society for Protection of Unborn Children 39388

    British Druid Order 0272

    Christian Contact UK 40334

    Christian Party (Wales) 30199

    Christian Peoples Alliance 37670

    Christian Voice 38627

    Christian Watch 14869

    Christians in Action UK 13220

    Deal Pentecostal Church 36567

    Ealing Christian Centre 37873

    Elim Pentecostal Church, Huddersfield 11163

    English National Catholic Church 11167

    Family Education Trust 44721

    Family Life International UK (Human Life International) 35846

    Fareham Community Church 35447

    Groundlevel Churches UK 20544

    Highway of Holiness Church 11286

    Islamic Medical Association 30102

    Jewish Gay and Lesbian Group 11654

    Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement 18952

    LGBTory - The Conservative Party LGBT Group 1969

    Lighthouse Church (The), Poole 41546

    Living Faith Fellowship, Southport 36234

    Mothers' Union 10860

    New Life Church, Wickford 11089

    Newbuildings Independent Methodist Church 39609

    On Eagles Wings 0321

    One Spirit Interfaith Foundation 3868

    Order of Friars Minor Capuchin, Franciscan Friary, Erith 31818

    Pentecostal Holiness Church Continuing, Colwyn Bay17050

    Protestant Truth Society & Evangelical Connexion, London 11187

    Putney Evangelical Church, London 43485

    Quest - A group for lesbian and gay Catholics 4582

    RACE Fellowship, Hatfield 39590

    RCCG BeiKnowle Methodist Church, Bristol 37942

    RCCG Bridge Road Grays, Essex 37854

    RCCG City of Zion Church, Cambridge17574

    RCCG Dominion Assembly, Liverpool 37702

    RCCG FOL, Braintree 18735

    RCCG Kennington Lane, London 40337

    RCCG Kingdom Builders Family, Luton 38249

    RCCG Leyton, London 29986

    RCCG Longthorpe Close 38583

    RCCG New Wine Assembly, Dagenham 40335

    RCCG Northampton 38352

    RCCG Olney Road, London 18058

    RCCG POJ Parish, Chelmsford 37291

    RCCG Pycroft Way, London 38317

    RCCG Sheffield 38407

    RCCG Solution Assembly, Newcastle 38303

    St George's Church, Deal 35711

    Thrapston Baptist Church 43443

    Totterdown Baptist Church 37344

    UNISON 8027

    Vale of Aylesbury Vineyard Church 11065

    Word of Life Church, Stratford on Avon 17915

    World in Need Intl 14836

    Responses from the rest of the world

    Christian Welfare Society,Sukkur, Pakistan 38271

    FIRE School of Ministry, USA 37853

    Mothers At Home Ireland 17460

    Paekakariki Christian Fellowship, New Zealand 39967

    Ramsey Independent Methodist, Isle of Man 38251

    Confidential responses from organisations

    Airdrie Flowerhill Church of Scotland, Kirk Session of 10293

    Allington Baptist Church, Maidstone 11328

    An Taghadh As Fheàrr 45934

    Anglican Mainstream 43504

    Apostolic Church of God, London 14947

    Ballykeel Pentecostal Church, Ballymena 39533

    Balm of Gilead Ministry International 39213

    Baptist Church, Whitley Bay, Tyne & Wear 26291

    Bellshill Baptist Church 35275

    Bethel Baptist Church of Tain 17900

    Blackridge Church, Bathgate 18654

    Bolton Lighthouse (The) 37264

    BOM Trust, London (The) 18726

    Bon Accord Free Church, Aberdeen 1450

    Broughty Ferry Baptist Church, Dundee 9146

    Carmelite Monastery, Falkirk 14177

    Champion Life Church, Glasgow 17269

    Christchurch, Durham 11265

    Christian Concern & The Christian Legal Centre 35856

    Christian Life Ministries Asian Church, Coventry 36645

    Church of Christ, Kirkcaldy 11097

    Comberton Baptist Church, Cambridge 37844

    Council for the Status of the Family 11981

    CourageSCOTLAND 42714

    Croftfoot United Free Church, Glasgow 2801

    Denny Baptist Church 2441

    Drumchapel United Free Church of Scotland, Kirk Session of 5173

    Elim Family Church, Coatbridge 4162

    Elim Pentecostal Churches, West Lothian 2798

    Emmanuel Christian Fellowship, Lerwick 13759

    Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches in Scotland 6042

    First Plumbline Apologetics 10984

    Freeland Church of Scotland, Kirk Session of 16281

    Gate Church, Dundee 2769

    Gateway Group (Oban LGBT) 29998

    Glasgow City Council 10354

    Glasgow University LGBT Association 30535

    GMB Scotland 38438

    Hadassah Prayer Group 18440

    Heart to Heart 18954

    Interlink 5444

    Inverkeithing Baptist Church 3057

    Johnstone High Parish Church of Scotland, Kirk Session of, Kilbarchan 37210

    Kinfauns Family Church, Perth 7938

    Kintyre Embrace (Kintyre LGBT Group) 20361

    Kirkliston Community Church, Edinburgh 5461

    Kirkstyle Baptist Church, Carluke 31853

    LGBT Network 43502

    Lochgilphead & Lochfyneside Free Church of Scotland, Argyll 5589

    Marsh Lane Pentecostal Church, Tipton 17823

    Masjid Noor 28717

    Muslim Association of Nigeria 13223

    Nailsea Baptist Church, North Somerset 20406

    Oasis Christian Fellowship, Aberdeen 19802

    Olivet Evangelical Church, Falkirk 25943

    Orwell Portmoak Parish Church, Kirk Session of 37213

    Paisley Road West Mosque 28718

    Presbytery of Glasgow and Argyll, Free Church 10950

    Presbytery of Lewis, Church of Scotland 1396

    Presbytery of the Western Isles, Isle of Lewis, Free Church of Scotland 5171

    Ratho Parish Church, Newbridge 3764

    RCCG - Balm in Gilead Parish, Leicester 39600

    RCCG - City of Grace, Peterborough 20528

    RCCG - Fruitfulland Parish, Tilbury 18979

    RCCG - Grace Chapel, Chesterfield 20452

    RCCG - His Kingdom for all Nations, Gravesend, Kent 37543

    RCCG - Immanuel Sanctuary, Dartford, Kent 39326

    RCCG - JPP, Dagenham 39834

    RCCG - Leicester 39961

    Revival Media 11013

    Scottish Young Greens 38408

    Shawbost Free Church of Scotland 5171a

    Sheddocksley Baptist Church, Aberdeen 11727

    Smith Business Services Ltd 26503

    Springs Christian Fellowship, Ware 11335

    St Andrews Church, Dumfries 78

    Strath and Sleat Church of Scotland, Isle of Skye, Kirk Session of 3125

    United Free Church of Scotland, Glasgow 3568

    Wishaw Ebenezer 27047