It is proper that the rights of minorities in Scotland are discussed and progressed through parliamentary and public consultation processes (Letters, March 9 & 12).
The privately funded, purported referendum about the abolition of Section 28 should serve as a cautionary tale about the hostility and prejudice such an initiative can stir up against a part of society.
All of the parties represented in the Holyrood Parliament, with the exception of the Scottish Conservatives, pledged their support for same-sex marriage during the election campaign last May. The people had an opportunity to express a view on the issue then, as many did in writing to candidates to ascertain their views, and ultimately in deciding who to vote for. If adhering to election promises is not democratic, what is?
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