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Scotland's First Gay Marriages to Take Place New Year's Eve

Scotland is set to stage its first same-sex weddings at the end of the year, following the Scottish Parliament's overwhelming vote of approval back in February.

BBC reports:

ScotlandThe Scottish government said the move was the right thing to do, but Scotland's two main churches - the Catholic Church and Church of Scotland - are opposed.

The legislation will see religious and belief bodies opting in to perform same-sex marriages, and ministers have stressed that no part of the religious community would be forced to hold such ceremonies in churches.

[Health Secretary Alex] Neil said the move was an "important signal that our nation is absolutely committed to the same rights for all our citizens".

He added that Hogmanay would be "a proud and no doubt emotional day for many" and said: "I, for one, can't wait."

Hogmanay is the Scots word for the last day of the year. 


Grindr Poll Accurately Predicts Scottish Independence Vote

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With neither the BBC nor any other UK media outlet paying for exit polling for the referendum on Scottish independence, there was a marked degree of uncertainty about which direction Scotland would vote during last night's vote.

News outlets and concerned citizens, however, needed only look at Tumblr user machotrout's Grindr poll to figure out that the UK would be staying intact. 

Over the past couple of days, machotraout polled several hundred Grindr users in Edinburgh whether they believed Scotland should be an independent country. 

The polls breakdown in responses:

NO: 114

YES: 101

Undecided: 24

Other opinion: 20

Indifference: 15

Evasion: 38

Bemusement: 13

Amusement: 2

Too horny to answer: 6

General rejection: 4

Did not respond: 318

machhotrout added that when only decisive opinions were taken into account, Grindr voted NO on independence 54%-46%, which is remarkably close to how the final vote went down (55.3% no -44.7% yes)

You can visit the poll HERE and check out more screen-grab images from the polling (some of the responses are quite funny) 


Scotland Votes to Stay With the UK

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The United Kingdom will for now stay intact as voters in Scotland rejected a referendum last night that would have granted it independence. With all 32 councils declared, the final results stand at 55.3% no on independence votes, 44.7% yes. 

The Guardian reports that the yes campaign scored a handful of notable successes - succeeding in the largest city of Glasgow by 53% to 47%, winning 54% in West Dunbartonshire and a 57% win in Dundee.  

All throughout the campaign, celebrities voiced their opinion on whether or not Scotland should leave the UK and become an independent country.

Those in favor of independence included Sean Connery, Alan Cumming, Franz Ferdinand, Bjork, Russell Brand, Gerard Butler, Rhys Ifans, and Morrissey.

Those opposed included Simon Cowell, Patrick Stewart, Sting, Mick Jagger, Tom Daley, David Beckham, Hugh Grant, Susan Boyle, J.K. Rowling, Eddie Izzard, John Barrowman, Helena Bonham Carter, David Tennant, Dame Judi Dench, Simon Cowell, Ewan McGregor, and Emma Thompson.

Others, such as James McAvoy, Billy Connolly, Annie Lennox, Pierce Brosnan, and Hugh Laurie remained largely neutral. 

And for American audiences that were tuned-in to the results last night, Brett Belding helped put things into context:


16-Year-Old Scottish Lesbian Takes On Westboro Baptist Church In Musical Parody: VIDEO

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Rebecca Anderson's thick Scottish accent may be unintelligible for some, but her singing rings out loud and clear. The 16-year-old out lesbian has made a parody of a parody; in July, hate-mongers at the Westboro Baptist Church created their own remake of Panic! At the Disco's "I Write Sings, Not Tragedies," titling their's, "You Love Sin What a Tragedy." Rebecca "was so repulsed," according to Buzzfeed, that she decided to fire back with "Your Beliefs Are A Lie, What A Tragedy." Tragedies abound, but Ms. Anderson's vivacious personality and demand for respect remain strong. 

Head over to Buzzfeed to read the lyrics.

And check out the activist-singer, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Zambia VP: Decriminalization Of Homosexuality 'An Unreasonable Expectation'

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Zambia Vice President Dr. Guy Scott has said that it is “not right” for the UK to expect his country to decriminalize homosexuality, reports STV.

Speaking at the Glasgow 2015 Commonwealth Games, Scott, who was born in Zambia to Scottish parents, said:

“Scotland introduced gay marriage last week so therefore Zambia must suddenly - you weren’t complaining about it two weeks ago – it’s not right. It’s an unreasonable expectation.”

Scott went on to say that Zambia is more interested in eradicating poverty and disease and improving the country’s education system.

Sexual relations between men in Zambia are punishable with up to 14 years in prison

Last September, Zambian activist Paul Kasonkomonawho was arrested after speaking out against the criminalization of homosexuality, was been ordered to face trial under the nation's penal code.

New research revealed last week shows that of the 80 countries worldwide that still criminalize homosexuality, more than half belong to the Commonwealth and that 42 of 53 Commonwealth countries continue to criminalise homosexuality, posing a serious threat to the LGBTI community.  


Satellite Image Revives Dreams of Loch Ness Monster Seekers: PHOTO

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A faint shape discovered on Apple's satellite maps is reviving interest in Scotland's mythical Loch Ness Monster after two people reported the smudge, which looks to the active imagination like a large marine animal with two protruding fins.

The UK tabloid Daily Mail reports:

For six months the image has been studied by experts at the Official Loch Ness Monster Fan Club, where excitement is mounting after various explanations for it were ruled out... leaving them to conclude it is ‘likely’ to be the elusive beast.

One of the spotters, Andrew Dixon, 26, a charity worker for the Great North Air Ambulance, from Darlington, County Durham, said: ‘It was a total fluke that I found it. I was looking at satellite images of my town and then just thought I’d have a look at Loch Ness.

‘The first thing that came into my head when I saw it was, “That’s the Loch Ness Monster”. It was the shape of it, I thought it had to be something more than a shadow.

‘It was exciting. I’ve never been to Loch Ness but I’m always interested in that sort of stuff.’

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