UK Government vote to block the Scottish GRA Reform Bill in constitutional first!
The UK Government has this week voted to block the Scottish Gender Recognition Act (GRA) bill, which would have allowed individuals in Scotland to self-identify their gender. The bill would have made it easier for transgender and non-binary individuals to legally change their gender on official documents, such as passports and birth certificates.
The Scottish National Party (SNP), which introduced the bill, said that it would bring Scotland in line with other countries such as Ireland and Denmark, which already have similar laws. However, the UK Government, which has the power to veto legislation passed by the Scottish Parliament, voted against the bill, stating that it would have a negative impact on women’s rights. They also claim that it would undermine the rights of women and girls, and would make it harder to protect them from discrimination.
On the other hand, supporters of the bill argue that it would allow transgender and non-binary individuals to live their lives in a way that aligns with their gender identity, which is a basic human right. They also argue that the bill includes measures to protect the rights of women and girls, and that there is no evidence to suggest that transgender individuals pose a threat to them.
The decision to block the bill has caused a great deal of controversy, with many in Scotland expressing disappointment and frustration. The SNP has vowed to continue fighting for the rights of transgender and non-binary individuals, and has called on the UK Government to reconsider its decision. The SNP says that 25 to 35 people a year in Scotland are currently certified under the GRA, which they expect to rise to around 250 certificates issued in a year. The government is arguing that the GRA reform would contradict the Equalities Act, which applies to the entire UK. However, those in favour of the bill claim that the GRA reform does not affect the Equalities Act, highlighting that the Government is using trans people as ‘political football’.
As reported last week, The 2021 CENSUS data showed that trans people make up only 0.5% of our population, and trans men and women who can benefit from the Gender Recognition Reform Bill are only around 0.2%, which makes the claim that the GRA would contradict the Equalities Act and potentially harm the rights of women and girls even more absurd.
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