|Posted: 27 May 2013 07:56 AM PDT
We were very lucky yesterday to have a special forum meeting at St Mary’s with John Curtice.
Prof John Curtice is a member of St Mary’s and the Professor of Politics at Strathclyde University. He is a public opinion guru – constantly analysing figures, opinion polls and election results. In his forum presentation yesterday he reviewed changing attitudes to same-sex marriage and then took questions from the folk who were there.
Introduced by Pam Richmond of St Mary’s Justice and Aid Network, the forum is available in two videos – the first being the presentation and the second a question and answer session.
There were lots of interesting things which came out of the session. It was noted for example that the Roman Catholic community in Scotland seems to be particularly accepting of same-sex marriage proposals. Also that those who go to church more often are more likely to be less accepting. Along the way we learned about what John called a phenomenal cultural revolution – a change in public attitudes which is striking, recent and unlike almost anything else which is tracked.
For those who subscribe by email, the videos can be seen on the Cathedral website.
For anyone seeking a definitive view on the progress of public opinion on Same-Sex Relationship and S/S Marriage, here we have – provided by Provost Kelvin Holdsworth, of Saint Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, Glasgow – two excellent videos hosted by a member of the congregation, Professor John Curtice, lecturer in Politics at Strathclyde University in Scotland.
While the sound quality is less than perfect, the videos are still worth watching and listening to – if only for the fact that John Curtice does not affect to present his own opinion – one way or the other – on this subject of extreme interest, not only to the Scottish Episcopal Church but also to the Churches of England and Wales, as they seek to understand the perceptible change of opinion among the general public on these issues.
Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand