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Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill published 27/06/2013 The Scottish Government has published a Bill to allow same sex couples to marry in Scotland.

Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill published

The Scottish Government has published a Bill to allow same sex couples to marry in Scotland. The Bill includes provisions to protect religious bodies and individual celebrants. It also makes it clear that freedom of speech is unaffected.

In particular, the Bill provides that religious bodies who wish to perform same sex marriage will have to specifically opt in. If a body does decide to perform same sex marriages, individual celebrants who object to carrying out the ceremonies will be protected.

The Scottish Government will also be carrying out a review of the Civil Partnership Act 2004 in Scotland, followiing concerns that the Act discriminates against those who wish an opposite sex civil partnership.

According to the Goverment, if the Bill reaches Royal Assent in early 2014, the first same sex marriages are likely to take place in 2015. It will take around 12 months to put the legislation in place.
 

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