For Patrick Harvie MSP, it is an exercise in tidying the law. Nevertheless, it is an issue that still has potential to cause political division.
Mr Harvie, one of only two Green MSPs, is a serious political player. His Holyrood contributions always repay inspection. He is more inclined to make progress than to make gestures.
So, when he tried in the previous parliament to extend enhanced protection to gay and lesbian people, among others, he attracted attention.
But, according to Mr Harvie, sundry indications of executive sympathy didn’t translate into practical legislative action. He suspects there was an outbreak of chilled pedal extremities, caused by the approach of an election.
Now, the Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill has said he will support Mr Harvie’s proposed change to the law.
This will “extend statutory aggravations to cover crimes motivated by malice or ill will towards victims based on their sexual orientation, transgender identity or disability”.
Broadly, this extends the “hate crime” provision which already covers offences motivated by racial or religious prejudice.
Unfinished business, says Patrick Harvie. Bringing Scotland into line with provisions in England.
Others, however, are not so sure. The Tories, for example, says the new law makes some “more equal than others”.
They argue that attacks on gay people should be prosecuted with vigour - as should all criminal behaviour. Distinctive provision is not required.
Indidivual members of other parties may harbour the same uncertainty. I suspect, however, that the measure will succeed, particularly with Scottish Government backing.