Scotland to legalise same-sex marriage

Sydney Morning Herald

Scotland joins the more emlightened countries and states to legalise same-sex marriage. Now gay Scots will be able to have a mother-in-law just like heterosexuals.

As usual the churches are showing how out of touch they all are:

Legalising gay marriage is the “right thing to do”, Scotland’s deputy first minister said as she announced that the Scottish government will introduce legislation to allow same-sex couples to marry.

Nicola Sturgeon said they would bring forward a bill that could see the first same-sex marriages take place at the start of 2015.

While the Holyrood administration insists that protections will be included in the new law to ensure churches, and individuals within them, do not have to conduct same-sex marriages if they do not agree with them, many religious leaders hit out at the decision.

A spokesman for the Catholic Church in Scotland said: “The Scottish government is embarking on a dangerous social experiment on a massive scale.”

Campaign group Scotland For Marriage condemned the “ill-conceived and poorly thought-out” plans, which are being brought in “with no consideration for the views of the vast majority in the country”.

On the other hand, the decision, announced after almost 80,000 people responded to a Scottish government consultation, was hailed by equality campaigners as “a proud day for Scotland”.

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