(Christian Concern) — A petition urging Scottish ministers to change the definition of adultery following the introduction of same-sex ‘marriage’ has been rejected by MSPs, because there is insufficient time to consider it in this parliamentary term.
Campaigner Akri Jones called for the change at the Scottish Parliament’s Public Petitions Committee, claiming that the definition of adultery should be revised to accommodate the introduction of same-sex ‘marriages’. She called for the legal definition of adultery to be amended so that it is “not restrictive to gender status”, claiming that the current law is in breach of human rights and equality legislation.
As the law stands, committing adultery can be cited as proof that a marriage has irretrievably broken down. However, the legal definition of adultery refers specifically to sexual expression between a man and a woman outside of marriage.