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Date set for first Same Sex Marriages 15/10/2014 The provisions relating to same sex marriage in the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Act 2014 look set to come into force on 16th December 2014.

Date set for first Same Sex Marriages

The Scottish Government has announced plans to bring the provisions relating to same sex marriage in the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Act 2014 into force on 16th December 2014.

This means that, with a minimum fourteen day notice period for marriage, the first same sex marriage ceremonies could take place in Scotland on 31st December 2014.

The plans will also mean that from 16th December, couples in an existing Scottish Civil Partnership would be able to change their relationship to a marriage. Conversions of this type will be free for the first year of the legislation, says the Government.

The move is subject to Scottish Parliament approval of a number of Scottish statutory instruments and UK Parliament approval of an Order under section 104 of the Scotland Act 1998.

“This will be an important signal that our nation is absolutely committed to the same rights for all our citizens,” said Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing Alex Neil.

The Scottish Parliament voted to pass Same Sex Marriages in February 2014.

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