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Scotland Likely to Pass Marriage Equality on Tuesday; First Marriages Could Be in July

MSPs are expected to pass Scotland's marriage equality bill in an overwhelming vote on Tuesday, the Herald reports:

ScotlandThe Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill will legalise civil and religious same-sex marriages, with an "opt-in" procedure for faiths and celebrants willing to conduct ceremonies and legal protection for those who object. It also relaxes the rules on where civil marriages can take place, and establishes non-religious or "belief" marriage ceremonies.

Health Secretary Alex Neil, who has piloted the law through Holyrood, will tell Parliament he expects the first same-sex marriages will take place in Scotland by the end of the year.

However, behind the scenes, ­Scottish Government officials hope the process can move at a far quicker pace. It is understood that if a Section 104 Order under the Scotland Act is put through ­Westminster at full speed, it would enable same-sex marriages in ­Scotland by July.

A legal challenge to the marriage equality law is looking "increasingly remote" according to the paper.

The first same-sex marriages in England and Wales, which passed marriage equality last year, will take place on March 29.

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  1. Great news! Now to get Northern Ireland on board.

    Posted by: Mike | Feb 2, 2014 3:52:30 PM


  2. Wonderful news from the land of my ancestors! Horay!

    Posted by: Ken | Feb 2, 2014 4:37:35 PM


  3. From previous reports I thought it was going to be a longer process. Glad to hear Marriage Equality is about to be the law of the land in Scotland.

    Posted by: Jay | Feb 2, 2014 4:41:08 PM


  4. scotland is the most progressive country in the UK. i'm not surprised they're fast-tracking this.
    NI is the most conservative. good luck...

    Posted by: woody | Feb 2, 2014 9:10:44 PM


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