Meanwhile in Scotland…

To lighten the mood, just a bit, there’s news that the Episcopal Church in Scotland has now removed the ban on same-sex marriages there. ❤

CANTERBURY, England (RNS) The Scottish Episcopal Church may become the first major church in the United Kingdom to allow its clergy to conduct same-sex weddings in churches.

The General Synod of the Scottish Episcopal Church, meeting in the Scottish capital, Edinburgh, passed on first reading a change to its canon law definition of marriage Friday (June 10).

The change deletes a doctrinal statement that says marriage is to be understood as a union “of one man and one woman.”

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Scotland Legalises Marriage Equality

I have always loved Scotland and now, even more so.

Scotland’s first same-sex marriages are set to take place later this year.

The Scottish parliament on Tuesday voted to pass the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill by a margin of 105-18, with the first unions set to be conducted in the autumn.

“I believe this bill will have a hugely positive impact on our society and on the health and well-being of LGBT of people in our country,” MSP Jim Eadie said during the debate. “Scotland now has one of the most progressive equal marriage bills in the world. Allowing the option of gender-neutral marriage ceremonies will provide genuine equality for all, including transgender people.”

“This is a profound moment in our nation’s history,” he added.

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Equal Marriage Passes Crucial Vote In Scotland

Ya know, I thought the Scots already had this in the bag. I was wrong, but they are heading in the right direction!

Scotland is one step closer to equal marriage after it passed a crucial vote in Parliament.

The Marriage And Civil Partnership Bill made it through the first of three hurdles on Wednesday, when members of the Scottish parliament (MSPs) agreed to the proposals in principle by 98 votes to 15, with five abstentions. The development had been widely anticipated, with ministers saying the move was the right thing do. Scotland’s Equality Network had predicted that 98 MSPs were likely to vote in favour of the Bill, 14 to vote against, with 16 undeclared. MSPs were allowed a free vote, rather than along party lines.

The Church Of Scotland and the Catholic Church remain opposed. Religious bodies would have to “opt in” under the proposed legislation, and would not be forced to hold ceremonies. Opponents of the bill argued that such safeguards did not go far enough.

The SNP’s John Mason argued: “Parliament is not reflecting public opinion on this issue. It can be argued whether those supporting or opposing the bill have the greater numbers on their side, but there is certainly not the overwhelming support outside this place that there seems to be inside.”

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