In an exclusive video-interview Drew Smith MSP has urged Scotland’s LGBTI community to vote for remaining in the United Kingdom in the 18 September referendum as well as take part in KaleidoScot’s poll.
Smith, who is the Scottish Labour’s Shadow Minister on Social Justice, said that by voting No “we can continue Scotland’s devolution journey, within the UK” not only furthering LGBTI rights but a whole range of critical issues.
He said he was “proud of the progressive decisions we’ve taken in the Scottish parliament. But equally I know that the fight for equality is not some kind of geographic competition. On the age of consent, marriage rights, LGBTI health and education, progressive people in Scotland have stood with others to share their ambitions right across Britain.
“Together we can raise our voices for fairness here but also around the world, using the strength of Britain…. To my mind it’s a much bigger idea than separation.”
Smith also added after the video interview “that the Labour Party at both the UK and Scottish level, and indeed in local government, is fully committed to an LGBTI equalities agenda that recognises and celebrates diversity and tackles discrimination in all its forms.
“Our commitment is, I believe, demonstrated by our record in government on advances for LGBTI people; for Labour it is not just an issue for the current referendum campaign.
“LGBTI people will of course have regard to the potential impact or opportunities for LGBTI equality in either constitutional scenario but I am sure that they will also be making up their minds on many of the economic issues which have been raised during the campaign,” he said.
See the full interview here: