Swinney remains committed to gender reform bill

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05/10/2024

The Scottish government has recommitted to legislation that will allow someone to self-identify their legally recognised sex. The Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill was passed by the Scottish Parliament in December 2022 but the UK government blocked it from becoming law over fears it would impact on equality laws across Great Britain. UK ministers used section 35 of the Scotland Act to veto the legislation. Last year the Court of Session in Edinburgh rejected a Scottish government legal challenge to the veto. Speaking to BBC Scotland News on Thursday, John Swinney declined to answer whether he would open up discussions with any future Labour government on the Gender Recognition Reform Bill.

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