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News: UK

Tue 26 Nov, 2013
By Robert Ingham


Ministers said the move was the right thing to do, but the Church of Scotland and Catholic Church are opposed.

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Legislation to introduce same-sex marriage in Scotland has been approved in principle by parliament, after MSPs voted on it for the first time.

The Scottish government's Marriage and Civil Partnership Bill passed the first of three parliamentary hurdles by 98 votes to 15 with five abstentions.

Ministers said the move was the right thing to do, but the Church of Scotland and Catholic Church are opposed.

Religious and belief bodies would "opt in" to perform same-sex marriages.



Same-sex couples in Scotland currently have the option to enter into civil partnerships, and there has been an indication that the earliest gay marriage ceremonies could take place by the start of 2015, if the legislation is passed.

Source: BBC News

To read more, click here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-25003083

 

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