LGBTI HUSTINGS Non Binary Gender 31.03.06 The five Scots party leaders questioned about non-binary gender recognition. Here is SOME of that discussion. The panel (L-R) Ruth Davidson, Kezia Dugdale, Louise White, Patrick Harvie, Nicola Sturgeon & Willie Rennie
A Free Church of Scotland minister has denounced the SNP as “Satanic” and urged his congregation to “think long and hard” if they are considering backing the Nationalists in next week’s Holyrood election.
Rev Paul Gibson, of Knox Church in Perth, said the Scottish Government’s plans to allow adults or children to legally change their gender so they are neither men nor women was one of the worst “attacks on Christianity” the country has ever seen.
In an outspoken letter to his congregation, he also said the SNP’s plan to assign every child a state guardian usurped the God-given role of parents.
He added: “Can a government really be this foolish and that Satanic?! The answer, tragically, is yes.”
Although he admitted there was a “good deal of truth” to the saying that all political parties are as bad as each other, Rev Gibson questioned whether “true believers” could vote for the SNP “in good conscience before our creator.”
He also warned that the church must brace itself for “the most extreme attack against God’s good order” in living memory, given that the Nationalists appear certain to win another term in office next week.
His incendiary intervention came after Nicola Sturgeon disclosed last month that one of her top priorities after she wins next week will be to review Scotland’s gender recognition laws to ensure they are in line with “international best practice”.
Campaigners said this would mean allowing Scots to change the gender on their birth certificate using a simple self-declaration that they consider themselves to be of the opposite sex. Children under 16 would also be allowed to do this but would require the permission of their parents.
In addition, the law would recognise that some people have a “non-binary gender”, meaning they would legally be neither men nor a woman and could change documents such as birth and marriage certificates and passports to reflect that.
SNP minsters have also come under intense criticism for the Named Person scheme, under which every child in Scotland will be assigned a health visitor or teacher responsible for their wellbeing.
It is currently being challenged in the UK’s highest court by campaigners who argue it undermines parents’ rights to raise their children as they see fit.
In his letter, Rev Gibson said:
“It appears that the Scottish Government is in the process of doing everything in its power to destroy these essential foundations of a God-honouring society in ways that will have disastrous consequences for generations to come. We have already seen widespread celebration of the oxymoron that is same-sex marriage. But now, not content with this assault on the most important institution for the right ordering of society, our authoritarian ‘progressives’ want to take us further into the darkness by effectively disregarding the God-given authority and responsibility of parents, as well as allowing – if not even encouraging – all people to choose which gender they wish to identify with. You almost have to pinch yourself each time you even think about it – so extreme is the departure, not just from biblical morality, but basic wisdom and common sense.” He added that the SNP appeared “intent on destroying any lasting imprint of God’s design.”
An SNP spokesman said the Named Person policy was aimed at protecting children’s wellbeing and supporting, not diminishing the role of parents. He added that it was widely supported by children’s charities and the Scottish Police Federation. Telegraph
01.04.16 LastUpdated 12.04.16
SNP leader’s vow includes pledge to ensure Scotland legislates for non-binary gender recognition if party wins Holyrood election
Nicola Sturgeon has pledged to radically reform gender recognition law for trans people, including those of non-binary gender, if the SNP is re-elected in May.
Campaigners welcomed Sturgeon’s declaration at an LGBTI leaders’ hustings in the Scottish parliament on Thursday night that legislating for non-binary recognition would be as important in her next parliamentary term as equal marriage was to the last.
The commitment to change gender recognition law, which would make Scotland only the third country in Europe, after Malta and Denmark, to recognise people who identify as neither male nor female, has been the number one legislative priority for LGBTI equality groups at the Holyrood election.
Sturgeon’s vow to reform the devolved legislation to “bring it in line with international best practice” will allow transgender individuals to change their birth certificate and other official documents to recognise their gender status without having to appear before a tribunal of psychiatrists.
The reforms are also expected to offer legal recognition to younger transgender people, allowing 16 and 17-year-olds to change their birth certificate without requiring the permission of their parents.
James Morton, the manager of the Scottish Transgender Alliance, called on other parties to match the proposals. “We are very pleased to see the SNP pledge to reform gender recognition law for all trans people, in line with international best practice,” Morton said.
“That would mean enabling people to change the gender on their birth certificate without intrusive medical diagnosis, recognising trans people as the experts on their own identities. It would allow young people to legally change their gender, with parents’ support if under 16. It would also mean the law recognising that some people have a non-binary gender, that is, they are neither men nor women.” Read in full Guardian
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Full SNP MANIFESTO 2016 (except thats no longer workin!) So have a PDF instead..