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Scottish Catholic Church, Presbyterian Church of Scotland will not be made to perform such marriages

Disregarding the country's major religious organizations, Scotland voted overwhelmingly to allow same-sex marriages this week. The decision made Scotland the 17th country to allow same-sex unions despite oppositions to its main church organizations.

Opposed by both the Scottish Catholic Church and the Presbyterian Church of Scotland, the law will not compel either religious institution to hold same sex marriage ceremonies on their premises.

Opposed by both the Scottish Catholic Church and the Presbyterian Church of Scotland, the law will not compel either religious institution to hold same sex marriage ceremonies on their premises.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

2/5/2014 (2 months ago)

Published in Europe

Keywords: Scotland, same sex marriages, Churhc of Scotland


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Passing the same-sex marriage bill was an important step for equal rights, the Scottish government insisted. The decision paves the way for same-sex wedding ceremonies in Scotland later this year. The Scottish government will also hold a referendum on independence from Britain in September.

Opposed by both the Scottish Catholic Church and the Presbyterian Church of Scotland, the law will not compel either religious institution to hold same sex marriage ceremonies on their premises.

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The vote of 105 to 18 in Scotland's devolved parliament follows similar legislation passed by the British parliament last year that allows same-sex marriage in England and Wales. The first weddings will take place on March 29.

Scotland Health Secretary Alex Neil said it was "right that same sex couples should be able to freely express their love and commitment to each other through getting married.

"Marriage is about love, and that has always been at the heart of this issue," Neil said in a statement.

Hailed as a milestone for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality in Scotland, the LGBT community welcomed the Scottish government's efforts to advance the approval from an expected time frame of 2015. Same-sex couples can enter into civil partnerships in Scotland.

"This is a profoundly emotional moment for many people who grew up in a country where being gay was still a criminal offence until 1980," Tom French, policy coordinator for the Equality Network, said in a statement.

Under the previous law, civil marriage ceremonies can take place in any place agreed between the couple and the registrar, other than religious premises.

The Church of Scotland says same-sex marriage fundamentally changed marriage as a relationship between one man and one woman.

The Evangelical Alliance Scotland described the move as "legal fiction" and a "blow to society" at a time when Scotland is about to vote in September on whether to split from the rest of Britain and become an independent country.

"At a time in Scotland when we are considering what kind of nation we want to live in, this legislation sends all the wrong signals about the place of marriage and family in modern day Scotland," spokesman Fred Drummond says.

Scotland, as well as parts of the United States and Mexico allows same-sex marriage. The Netherlands was the first in 2001, and last year England and Wales, Brazil, Uruguay, New Zealand and France joined the list.

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That governments may foster the protection of creation and the just distribution of natural resources.
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