The Scottish Episcopal Church has voted to allow gay couples to marry in church ceremonies making it the first Christian church in the UK to do so, the BBC reports:
The vote to amend canon law on marriage, removing the stipulation that it is between a man and a woman, was carried by the Synod in Edinburgh.
It means that gay Christians from any Anglican Church can now ask to be married in a Scottish Anglican Church.
Clergy who wish to officiate at gay marriages will have to “opt-in”.
The church said this meant that those who disagreed with gay marriage would be protected and not have to act against their conscience.