UK, Scotland: Holyrood Overwhelmingly Passes Marriage Equality Bill

Written by scott on February 5th, 2014

Rainbow Over ScotlandThe Scottish Parliament passed the marriage equality by 105-18 votes yesterday.

The Washington Blade reports:

A bill that would extend marriage rights to same-sex couples in Scotland on Tuesday received final approval. The 105-18 vote in the Scottish Parliament took place after more than three hours of debate. Iceland, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Portugal and Spain are among the 15 countries in which gays and lesbians can legally marry.

The Equality Network reports that a rainbow appeared over the Parliament yesterday.

The bill’s passage will also benefit transgender and interest people in Scotland.

Pink News reports:

The passage of the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill marks a significant step forward in terms of legal equality for trans and intersex people in Scotland. The Scottish Transgender Alliance and Equality Network secured a number of amendments to the bill ensuring that the needs of trans and intersex people are at the core of this historic legislation.

When the law comes into force trans people will finally be able to have the gender they identify as legally recognised regardless of whether they are married or in a civil partnership. Our successful spousal veto amendment means that even if a trans person’s spouse does not consent, they will still be able to obtain legal gender recognition. In passing this amendment, MSPs from across Scotland’s political parties recognised that access to gender recognition is a matter of personal autonomy and a human right which should not be able to be blocked by another person.

Churches will not be forced to hold same sex weddings. reports:

Religious and belief bodies can “opt in” to perform same-sex marriages.Ministers said no part of the religious community would be forced to hold such ceremonies in churches. During a debate at Holyrood, MSPs rejected amendments which were said to provide “protection” for groups and individuals opposed to same-sex marriage.

When will the weddings begin?

Buzzfeed reports:

The exact date for the first same-sex marriage in Scotland depends on when the Westminster parliament amends existing legislation to ensure officials who refuse to conduct same-sex marriages are protected under the law.

Most sources are betting on October.

Find more articles and gay wedding resources in Scotland.


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