Scotland Plans to Legalize Marriage Equality
July 25, 2012 by Carolyn Simon
Wedding bells could soon be ringing for same-sex couples in Scotland, after the government announced today it plans to legalize marriage equality.
Scotland would become the first part of the United Kingdom to do so.
Despite major opposition from the Catholic Church and the Church of Scotland, Scottish ministers are looking to enact the bill by 2013, meaning that ceremonies could begin by 2015.
“We believe that in a country that aspires to be an equal and tolerant society, as we do in Scotland, then this is the right thing to do,” said Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s deputy first minister.
The legislation will include religious exemptions for churches or clergy that oppose marriage equality.
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