What's Happening About Gay Marriage in Scotland?
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Gay marriage becomes legal in
England and on March 29th. Wales
Scotland the bill was passed in February with a majority of 87.
It will make
the 17th country in the world to recognise same-sex marriage in the law. Scotland
The bill should come into force relatively quickly with Scottish MPs (SMPs) aiming to rush it through the Scottish Parliament by the end of the year. Speculation suggests that the first marriages could be celebrated as early as the autumn.
England and , there will be protection for religious groups who will have to “opt-in” to perform gay marriages. Both the Catholic Church and the Church in Scotland say they will not be conducting services. Wales
Celebrants will not be allowed to perform ceremonies if their organisation has opted-out of doing so. The law will also protect individual celebrants, not attached to a religion or organisation, from having to officiate a same-sex marriage if they feel uncomfortable doing so.
In Scotland, as elsewhere, the law will also change in favor of trans-gender individuals who will no longer need to divorce in order to recieve a Gender Recognition Certificate (GRC).