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Gay Couple of 49 Years Among First to Convert Civil Partnership to Marriage in England

A gay couple together for almost 49 years were among the first to be married under new laws in England allowing civil partnerships to be converted to marriage, reports LogoTV.

Roger192Roger Lockyer (87) and Percy Steven (75) were among the first couples in England to enter into a civil partnership in 2005.

Lockyer said:

“To me, it feels like reaching the top. We really are married. Which is what we have been for nearly half a century of course. But to have formal recognition of that I think is something that’s so unexpected and wonderful.”

Steven said that he is most looking forward to finally joining the couple’s utility accounts because he can now “ask for an account in both names.”

Same-sex marriage became legal in Scotland on Tuesday.  Northern Ireland is now the only part of the UK where gay marriage remains illegal.


Same-Sex Marriage Now Legal In Scotland - VIDEO

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Same-sex couples can legally marry in Scotland now, reports Equality Network.

In February, Scotland became the seventeenth country in the world to legalise gay marriage. The Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Act 2014 received Royal Assent in March and government has since been implementing the new law, including passing required secondary legislation.

Equality network scotlandScotland is considered to have one of the most progressive marriage equality laws in the world. The legislation differs from same-sex marriage laws in England and Wales in a number of respects including better protections for transgender people. The law also allows any religious or belief body to opt in to conducting same-sex marriages and does not ban religious or belief bodies from opting out.

Religious and belief organisations already authorised to conduct same-sex marriages include the Humanist Society Scotland, the Quakers, the Liberal Jewish Community, the Metropolitan Community Church, One Spirit Interfaith Foundation and the Open Episcopal Church in Scotland.

Scottish couples in civil partnerships also now have the option to convert to marriage through a free administrative process. Same-sex marriages performed abroad will also now be recognized in Scotland.

The first couple to make use of the new law were Douglas Pretsell and Peter Gloster, who converted their Scottish civil partnership to a Scottish marriage at the British Consulate in Melbourne, Australia.

Scott and David Barclay will be the first couple to take advantage of the new law by converting their civil partnership to a marriage in Scotland.

With the standard 15 day notice period required, it is expected the first same-sex marriages will take place on Hogmanay (December 31st).

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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.

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