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News: UK

Wed 26 Oct, 2011
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Currently same-sex couples can have a civil partnership carrying full legal rights

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Scotland's health secretary has met with a Catholic bishop to discuss his concerns on proposals to legalise same-sex marriage.

Nicola Sturgeon's meeting with the Bishop of Paisley, Philip Tartaglia, took place in Edinburgh.

The government is holding a 14-week consultation asking if marriage should be allowed for gay people through a civil or religious ceremony.

Ms Sturgeon said all views on the matter would be listened to.



Currently same-sex couples can have a civil partnership carrying full legal rights, but the ceremony cannot be conducted in a church or other religious premises.

Ministers said the proposals would ensure religious organisations do not have to register same-sex marriages against their will, but the idea was met with outcry from the Catholic Church.

Bishop Tartaglia sent a strongly-worded submission to the Scottish government and has already met First Minister Alex Salmond to discuss his concerns.

He believes governments "do not have the authority to say what marriage is or to change its nature or to decree that people of the same sex can marry".

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