Scotland May Soon Have Marriage Equality

Moving right along:
Scotland could become the first part of the UK to introduce gay marriage after the SNP government announced plans to make the change.

Ministers confirmed they would bring forward a bill on the issue, indicating the earliest ceremonies could take place by the start of 2015. ... The announcement was made in the wake of a government consultation which produced a record 77,508 responses.

Same-sex couples in Scotland currently have the option to enter into civil partnerships and the Holyrood government has insisted no part of the religious community would be forced to hold same-sex weddings in churches.

...Scotland's deputy first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, said: "We are committed to a Scotland that is fair and equal and that is why we intend to proceed with plans to allow same-sex marriage and religious ceremonies for civil partnerships - we believe that this is the right thing to do."
Naturally, the Catholic Church is OUTRAGED at this wanton display of respect for love. "The Scottish government is embarking on a dangerous social experiment on a massive scale." How terribly tiresome.

The Church of Scotland is equivocating, but acknowledges that opinions differ among their constituency, and the Rev. Alan Hamilton, convener of the Church of Scotland legal questions committee noted, despite the church's non-commitment to supporting marriage equality (at this point): "We believe homophobia to be sinful." Welp, time to get on-board the marriage equality train then!

Choo choo!

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