Legislating in haste is widely recognised to be a poor way of making laws.
If the bill legalising same-sex marriages were being fast-tracked through the Scottish Parliament, that might be cause for significant concern.
That is the claim coming from opponents of the Scottish Government's planned change to the law. However, this law does not appear to have been rushed. It is a long-overdue measure to make Scotland a fairer and more equal society.
When the plans were announced more than a year ago, it was said that Scotland was taking a lead in the UK by bringing forward gay marriage and that Holyrood might even be providing an international lead.
In fact, May saw the first same-sex weddings in France, and that month also saw the passing of similar laws in Uruguay, where the first gay marriage ceremony took place earlier this month. It had begun to appear a possibility that David Cameron's equal marriage law might even see the light of day before the Scottish bill was passed.
Stung by accusations of delay, and having succeeded in publishing the bill before the summer recess, ministers now seem intent on ensuring the law reaches the statute books as soon as possible. This, understandably, is not welcomed by opponents including the Scottish Catholic Church, which believes ministers are moving with undue haste.However, concerns from faith groups about being forced to marry same-sex couples have been addressed, and protections promised for those with religious objections.
It is understandable that those who do not wish to see the law would prefer to have it delayed. But this bill has wide cross-party support.
It is, of course, important that any law receives proper scrutiny. When a bill has generated considerable public response from organisations and individuals, as this one has done, it is only proper that is taken into consideration.
But MSPs are not being asked to skimp on scrutiny. Holyrood's Equal Opportunities Committee will start its business earlier in the morning and take in double-evidence sessions to ensure the Bill's provisions are properly considered, and evidence heard from the many interested groups.
If that can be done, there should be no cause for concern.
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