The Parliament of Scotland just passed a same-sex marriage bill by a very large 105-18 margin. The country of 5.3 million, established in the ninth century, becomes the seventeenth in the world to support equality. Scotland also becomes the third country in the United Kingdom to extend marriage to same-sex couples, after England and Wales did last year.
“Thirty-four years after Scotland decriminalized homosexuality, this victory comes after heated debates between religious bodies and MSPs (members of the Scottish Parliament) since the first petition was drawn up in 2009,” HRC reports.
The marriage equality bill was formally introduced in the Scottish Parliament in June 2013, which eventually passed stage one of voting with a 98-15 victory with 5 abstentions in November 2013, and today finally passed with a victory of 105-18 with no abstentions.
The bill also includes provisions to allow transgender people to remain married while obtaining a Gender Recognition Certificate, extends recognition to same-sex couples married elsewhere, and maintains the option for civil partnerships while opening them up to mixed-sex couples also.
Weddings could begin in the fall.
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