Scotland 17th country to legalize gay marriage

Scottish Parliament passed the Marriage and Civil Partnership Bill last Tuesday by an overwhelming majority (105 in favor, 18 against), making it the 17th country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage. All that remains is the implementation of the bill, and same-sex marriages are expected to begin later this year.

Ceremonies were originally anticipated to not take place until 2015, but Secretary for Health and Well Being Alex Neil promised same-sex marriage supporters that it would happen “as quickly as possible”. The Anglican, Catholic and Presbyterian churches of Scotland remain in opposition, stating that they will not allow their clergy to perform same-sex marriages.

Picture of Scotland's national flag

Tom French, a Scottish LGTB activist leader, said “Today will be remembered in history as the day that lesbian, gay and bisexual people were finally granted full legal equality in Scotland, and given an equal right to marry the person they love,” Last minute amendments attempting to limit the bill by Christian Parliament Members were rejected.

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