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March 13, 2014

By the end of the year, Scottish gay couples should be able to unite in matrimony. England and Wales couples will be able to marry on 29 March

Queen Elizabeth II has signed same-sex marriage into law in Scotland today (13 March).

By the end of the year, Scottish gay couples will be able to unite in matrimony.

It is the last step in the long battle to get the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill through parliament, making it an Act.

Alex Neil, cabinet secretary for health and wellbeing, said: 'I am delighted that the Same Sex Marriage Bill has now received Royal Assent.

February 4, 2014

LGBTI people and their allies are all awaiting the vote to see whether Scotland will join the 16 other countries to allow same-sex marriage

People all over Scotland are awaiting the final vote today (4 February), finding out whether it will join the 16 other countries in the world to allow same-sex marriage.

The Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill is expected to be approved by parliament later today. But while a shock still could happen, it is looking likely it will pass around 6pm local time.

Under the new legislation, religious bodies will be able to opt in to perform same-sex marriages but individual celebrants who feel it would go against their faith will be protected.

February 3, 2014

Scottish Government will be working with Westminster in an effort to implement the bill as early as possible

Scotland’s first gay weddings could take place as early as July, politicians have said.

The bill legalizing gay marriage in Scotland is expected to be pass overwhelmingly by Members of Scottish Parliament (MSPs) in a free vote tomorrow (4 January).

While it was expected the first gay weddings would take place in 2015, roughly a year after England and Wales, implementation could take far quicker than expected.

The Scottish Government announced they would work with the UK Government to speed up the process, as long as it passes the final vote.

December 16, 2013

Gay rights groups condemn the threat, saying gay marriage is the ‘right thing to do for a fairer and more equal Scotland’

Politicians are being warned to stop or amend gay marriage legislation in Scotland or they will lose their seat.

Anti-gay lobbying group Scotland for Marriage has said it will use its influence to unseat Members of Scottish Parliament (MSPs) who support equal marriage.

Their efforts are focused on Labour and Scottish National Party (SNP) politicians who voted overwhelmingly in favor of equal marriage last month.

November 19, 2013

As Scotland prepares for a crucial vote on same-sex marriage equality tomorrow, Stonewall’s Colin Macfarlane explains why the country needs to say I Do

Several months ago, Sam and Pipa, were kind enough to share their personal story with us and explain why marriage equality matters to them.

‘For us marriage means a loving commitment. It is a union recognised both legally and by society. To us, equal marriage would mean we wouldn’t feel like second-class citizens.

‘Love is love and marriage will show that we are normal, not different and we are just as committed as a straight couple.’

November 14, 2013

Insider claims government is hoping English, Welsh and Scottish gay couples will be able to be married at the same time in summer 2014

The UK Government is waiting for Scotland to pass same-sex marriage before gay couples can marry in England and Wales, an official has claimed.

In the four months since the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act was passed into law, no formal reports have been made on implementation.

But while the government remains silent, an anonymous source involved in the development of the law has got in touch with us.

They have claimed it is taking a year because this will be roughly the amount of time the devolved Scottish parliament needs to fast-track the bill.

June 27, 2013

The Scottish Parliament’s only guide dog, Mr Q, pricked up his ears when he heard about the gay marriage bill

A canine champion of equality, Mr Q, is wagging his tail in joy now gay marriage in Scotland is no longer a shaggy dog story.

The only guide dog in the Scottish Parliament showed his support for the equal marriage bill unveiled there today (27 June) by wearing a ‘Woof for equality’ bandana.

June 27, 2013

Celebrities, politicians and gay rights groups have voiced their praise and concern for Scotland's equal marriage bill, especially on education and trans issues

Celebrities, politicians and LGBT groups are blowing their bagpipes in joy over Scotland’s government publishing their plans for equal marriage.

Many have said the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) bill is ‘better’ than the one currently making its way through UK House of Lords.

Speaking to Gay Star News, Stonewall Scotland’s Director Colin MacFarlane said it was a ‘tight’ bill that will stop many of the arguments that were made against the England and Wales legislation.

May 8, 2013

Equal rights campaigners are thrilled to be nominated for ‘Campaign of the Year’ and ‘People’s Choice’

Equal Marriage has been recognized for its efforts to legalize LGBT marriage in Scotland. The charity supported campaign has been listed for ‘Campaign of the Year’ and the ‘People’s Choice’ at the Scottish Charity Awards.

The campaign has been running since 2008 and aims to change the law to allow same sex couples to get married.

It also fights for faith and belief groups to conduct same-sex marriage and to end the requirement that transgender people must divorce before attaining Gender Recognition.

March 20, 2013

Public consultation on equal marriage bill in Scotland will end today and anti-gay campaigners are trying to include opt-outs, education bans and restrictions on teachers

LGBT people and their allies in Scotland have less than five hours to ensure a public consultation on gay marriage goes their way.

Anti-gay campaigners are trying to derail the Scottish Parliament’s marriage equality bill – calling for limitations so officials can refuse to wed lesbian and gay couples and teachers can tell their pupils that gay marriage is wrong.

And the public consultation on the bill will close at 5pm local time this evening (20 March).

February 23, 2013

Leader of UK's Roman Catholic Church suggested that priests should be given the choice to get married but not gays

The UK’s most senior Catholic cleric said that male priests should be able to marry women, while bitterly opposing gay marriage.

During an interview with BBC Scotland, Cardinal Keith O’Brien stated that Jesus did not say that clergy should remain celibate.

February 3, 2013

Anti-gay marriage campaign tactics have been slammed as scaremongering by Scotland's equality campaigners

Scotland for Marriage, an anti-gay marriage campaign group has warned that the same-sex marriage bill will compromise ‘civil liberty’, that anyone opposing it could be ‘sacked’, refused as foster parents, and discriminated in school.

The stepping up of the anti-gay marriage campaign comes as the Scottish Government launched a consultation on its draft legislation to legalise same-sex marriage in December.

Equality campaigners have slammed today (3 Feburary) the group for misleading information and anti-gay scare tactics.

December 13, 2012

Scotland makes history by becoming the first part of the United Kingdom to publish legislation to allow same-sex marriage

The Scottish government launched the ‘Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill’, which will introduce marriage equality, yesterday (12 December) alongside a 14-week consultation on its implementation.

The draft legislation will allow same-sex marriage in Scotland and give all religious and belief bodies (for example Humanist) the right to conduct same-sex marriages, if they wish to do so.

The bill will also remove the requirement on a married or civil partnered transgender person to divorce before obtaining full Gender Recognition.

October 10, 2012

The Catholic Church has alleged that children are bullied and branded as Nazis if they oppose marriage equality in Scotland

The Catholic Church has claimed that school children as young as 12 who disagree with marriage equality in Scotland have been branded as ‘Nazis’ and ‘bigots’.

John Deighan, the Roman Catholic Church's parliamentary officer in Scotland, claimed that the Catholic Church and children are being victimized because of the planned Scottish marriage equality bill which is due to be put to the vote early next year.

September 19, 2012

An online petition opposing plans to legislate marriage equality attracted over 30,000 signatures. The petition has been widely criticised as misleading, scaremongering and out of touch with a majority of Scots opinion

An online petition had managed to attracted over 30,000 signatories against Scotland's proposed marriage equality bill.

The Scottish Government announced in July that it proposes bringing in legislation for marriage equality, which will allow same-sex couples to the right wed as their straight counterparts.

Scottish Ministers declared that it is the ‘right thing to do’ in a move that received widespread support from the public, equality, human rights and faith campaigners.

August 29, 2012

Catholic Church says Scottish schools should teach same-sex marriage is 'risky and dangerous'

LGBT Youth Scotland have hit back at comments made by the Catholic Church in Scotland saying schools should teach that same-sex marriage is dangerous.

As the ‘war’ over same-sex marriage in Scotland continues, the Catholic Church is speaking out against the introduction of Curriculum for Excellence (CFE), which ensures that young people supported around the idea of health and wellbeing.

April 19, 2012

Muslim clerics in Glasgow have opposed the Scottish government's plans to legalize same-sex marriage, despite majority support

Muslim leaders in Scotland’s biggest city say gay marriage is an ‘attack’ on Islam.

The Council of Glasgow Imams issued a ‘resolution opposing same-sex marriage’ at the city's Central Mosque, which claimed the main purpose of marriage is ‘the procreation of children’.

They added that the government’s plans were an ‘attack’ on their faith and fundamental beliefs.

April 16, 2012

Catholic group hand petition of 1,000 signatures opposed to gay marriage to Scotland's Deputy First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon

A Catholic group in Scotland have handed an anti-gay marriage petition of 1,000 signatures to one of the country's senior politicians.

Members from the Knights of St Columba handed it to Nicola Sturgeon, the MSP for Glasgow Southside and Scotland's Deputy First Minister, at her surgery.

A public consultation on whether to legalize gay marriage in Scotland closed on the 9 December, attracting over 70,000 responses, making it the biggest consultation in the history of the Scottish Parliament.

February 6, 2012

All major political party youth groups unite in favour of gay and lesbian marriage in Scotland

The youth and student wings of Scotland’s political parties have today united to demand the Scottish Parliament legalise same-sex marriage.

The leaders of SNP Students, Scottish Labour Students, Scottish Young Labour, Conservative Future Scotland, Liberal Youth Scotland, and the Scottish Young Greens have written a joint letter to every Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) calling on them to pledge their support for the Equal Marriage campaign.

January 25, 2012

Equality campaigners call Preserving Marriage petition 'outdated, inaccurate' and 'appalling'

A petition calling on the Scottish Government to make no changes to the current definition of marriage as being a union between a man and a woman has come under fire from equality campaigners.

The Preseving Marriage petition, which currently has 2,587 signatures, was started by Amy King and opposes the proposed introduction of same-sex marriage in Scotland.

December 9, 2011

Same-sex marriage in Scotland is a step closer after 50,000 responded to the government's consultation

More than 50,000 responses have been submitted to the Scottish government's consultation on the introduction of gay marriage.

The governing Scottish National Party's (SNP) ministers support the move but some in the party oppose allowing gay couples to marry. A 'rainbow coalition' of groups including The Equality Network, Amnesty International, Unison and the Humanist Society of Scotland all filed submissions supporting changing the law.

December 7, 2011

Activists have united to back Scotland's plan to replace civil partnership with full gay marriage rights

Seven groups campaigning for equal rights for gay couples have united to back the Scottish Government plans to legalise same-sex marriage.

Members of the Equality Network, the Scottish Youth Parliament, Amnesty International, UNISON, the Humanist Society of Scotland, LGBT Youth Scotland and NUS Scotland joined together on 7 December at the Scottish Youth Parliament offices to announce their support for equal marriage in Scotland.