By Adam Cuerden
The BBC coverage of the gay marriage issue in Scotland almost inevitably includes a quote from the Catholic church attacking basic civil rights for gay and lesbian people, unless the article is already full of hatred.
The links in this article include most of the coverage back to December or so, in which time the BBC have published several anti-equal rights screeds, grabbed quotes from previous interviews when they didn’t have enough hatred already, and, when they do publish articles which make a case for gay marriage, ignore any religious bodies that support gay marriage while focusing in on those that oppose it.
While they occasionally report without directly attacking the subject, the case for the issue is not allowed to be made, events are merely reported on, without giving space to supporters’s views – in direct contrast to how they treat anti-equal rights commenters. Exceptions to these problems, while welcome are rare.
There are many churches that support gay marriage, including the Quakers, Unitarians, Liberal Jews, and the Humanists (who, while not a church, conduct more marriages in Scotland than the Catholic church); and yet, the coverage of this issue almost never has a religious group who supports equal marriage, but instead goes to the Catholics for some hatred.
This is a classic form of false balance. Equal rights are a long-standing British tradition, and it’s shameful that the BBC apparently thinks attacks on equal rights are necessary balance.
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