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Equal Marriage in Scotland.

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Michael Harkin
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Equal Marriage in Scotland.
Posted on: December 16 2014, 11:06 am

Scotland celebrates the first same-sex marriages!

Scotland's historic equal marriage legislation came into effect at midnight today (16 December), with the first same-sex marriage taking place just moments ago.

The first couple to make use of the new law were Douglas Pretsell and Peter Gloster (pictured above), who converted their Scottish civil partnership to marriage at the British Consulate in Melbourne, Australia as soon as the law came into effect at one minute past midnight.
What happens today?
In February, Scotland became the 17th country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage after the Scottish Parliament passed the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Act 2014 by an overwhelming 105 votes to 18, the third strongest majority for any same-sex marriage legislation in the world. The Act received Royal Assent in March and the Scottish Government has since been implementing the new law including passing the necessary secondary legislation to bring it into effect.

The Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Act 2014 came into effect at midnight meaning that from today: 
•   Same-sex couples will be able to give notice of their intention to marry and, following the usual 15 day notice period for new marriages, the first same-sex marriage ceremonies will take place on Hogmanay (31 December).
•   Those couples in current Scottish civil partnerships can choose, if they wish, to convert their civil partnership to marriage.
•   Those couples with foreign same-sex marriages will be recognised as married in Scotland. Previously they were recognised as civil partners.
•   Married transgender people will no longer be forced to divorce the person they love before they are allowed to have the gender they live as recognised in law. Furthermore, because there is no ‘spousal veto’ on gender recognition in Scotland, the decision of a married trans person to get legal recognition of their gender will now be respected as their human right, and not a decision that can be blocked by a spouse.
•   Religious and belief bodies will finally have their freedom of belief respected as organisations that want to conduct same-sex marriages will be able to opt-in to doing so, and unlike in other countries no religious body will be banned from opting-in. So far those religious and belief bodies that have been authorised to conduct same-sex marriages include Humanist Society Scotland, the Unitarians, the Quakers, the Pagan Federation (Scotland), the Liberal Jewish Community, the Metropolitan Community Church, the Open Episcopal Church in Scotland, One Spirit Interfaith Foundation, and Fuze Ceremonies.
Courtesy of Equality Network
http://us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=e1421f3eef3bf42a5d79026e3&id=9b679d61d6&e=5aee419105
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