Some more equal

The Scotsman - - Perspective / Letters To The Editor -

The Con­ser­va­tive Party leader in Scot­land, Ruth David­son, has quite rightly been lauded for her team’s ex­cel­lent show­ing in the gen­eral elec­tion just passed. Fol­low­ing her party’s link-up with Ul­ster’s Demo­cratic Union­ist Party, Ms David­son an­nounced that she has re­ceived as­sur­ances from Theresa May re­gard­ing equal rights for mem­bers of the mi­nor­ity LGBTI group. In that same an­nounce­ment, she re­ferred to the Con­ser­va­tive Party as be­ing the party of equal mar­riage.

That equal mar­riage claim cer­tainly ap­pears to be backed up by her party’s 2016 leg­is­la­tion on In­her­i­tance Tax, in which a Fam­ily Home Al­lowance worth up to £350,000 was made avail­able to the es­tates of home-own­ing par­ents who are mar­ried or in a civil part­ner­ship, and whose homes are worth be­tween £650,000 and £1 mil­lion, and who pass on their homes at death to their im­me­di­ate de­scen­dants.

This leg­is­la­tion clearly gives home-own­ing civil part­ners with chil­dren in the mi­nor­ity LGBTI group ex­actly the same rights as home own­ing mar­ried straight par­ents, which is com­mend­able.

How­ever, as Ruth David­son and Theresa May both know, that same leg­is­la­tion guar­an­tees that ev­ery child in the

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