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Same sex marriage Bill passed 04/02/2014 The Scottish Parliament has passed the Same Sex Marriage Bill, which will introduce same sex marriage into Scotland for the first time.

Same sex marriage Bill passed

The Scottish Parliament has passed the Same Sex Marriage Bill, which will introduce same sex marriage into Scotland for the first time.

“Thanks to this Bill, same sex couples now have the same access to marriage – one of our most important institutions - as everyone else,” said Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing Alex Neil. “We now need to work quickly and in close co-operation with Westminster on implementation. On that basis, I very much look forward to seeing the first same sex marriages taking place in Scotland as soon as is possible.”

The Bill also covers:

  • putting belief celebrants on the same footing as religious celebrants
  • the arrangements for authorising celebrants to solemnise opposite sex and same sex marriage
  • civil partnerships changing to marriage
  • the authorisation of Church of Scotland deacons to solemnise opposite sex marriage
  • allowing civil marriage ceremonies in any place agreed between the couple and the registrar, other than religious premises
  • and allowing married transgender people to obtain full gender recognition without a requirement to divorce.

The Bill also introduces the religious and belief registration of civil partnerships.

 

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