I have often wondered why the SNP should trouble themselves to promote such a thing as ‘Gay Marriage’ in Scotland. I find it hard to believe that Alex Salmond is doing it for idealistic reasons. Scotland’s image generally is of a particularly virile country. If the novelty were resisted for a decade or so I think a certain amount of patriotic feeling would soon attach itself to the fact, securing the position of marriage north of the border for the long term. I fear Salmond may have simply calculated that if he were to allow Cameron to take this step but not do so himself, then ‘Gay Marriage’ would become an issue in the referendum and the Homosexual lobby would be more effective in opposing Scottish Independence because it was lacking, than the Natural Law vote would be in supporting it for the same reason. Perhaps this is a sad reflection on the strength of reason and revelation in Scotland. (Although the cases are not alike. Remaining in the Union would not affect the chances of ‘Gay Marriage’ either way, while leaving before it was legalised would probably reduce them).

It is a shame that everyone seems to forget that the ‘proud Edward’ in Flower of Scotland, whose armies were sent homeward to think again, was Edward II not Edward I. I have mused from time to time that this blog ought to grant an ‘Edwardian Pride’ award to that figure who has done most that year to import the ‘Gay agenda’ into Scotland and perhaps a ‘Send Them Homewards’ award for whoever has done most to resist. Until it was revealed that he had rather let the side down, the first ‘Send Them Homewards’ award would probably have had to go to the former Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh. That leaves Bishop Joseph Divine and Bishop Hugh Gilbert. While I feel my Lord of Aberdeen’s comments were more effective the award might fit his brother of Motherwell’s temperament rather better. Nominations remain open. I think it would be uncharitable to place the former archbishop in the running for the Edwardian Pride trophy. He did work vigorously to uphold the Church’s teaching after he took the oath prepared for him by the then Cardinal Ratzinger in 2003. That being the case there is no real challenger, Salmond himself ought undoubtedly to be the first recipient of the ‘Edwardian Pride’ trophy.