UK, Scotland: Church Wants “Conscience Clause” in Marriage Equality Bill

Written by scott on August 16th, 2013

ScotlandAs Scotland gets ready to follow in the footsteps of Wales and England on marriage equality, a church there wants the government to exempt Christian officiants from performing same sex weddings. Pink News reports:

A spokesmen for the Church called on the Scottish Government to include a conscientious objectors clause similar to that which applies for the 1967 Abortion Act and added that “the Free Church wants some reassurance that in the eyes of the state it will still be legal to believe that marriage is between a man and a woman.” The Free Church also wants amendments made to the Equalities Act to protect all those who are opposed to same-sex marriage on the grounds of religious conviction.

Would this exemption only cover officiants, or any wedding vendor? On the plus side, it sounds like they are resigned to the fact that the law is going to pass.

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