Scotland Legalizes Gay Marriage

First ceremonies could take place later this year

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Russell Cheyne / Reuters

Larry Lamont and Jerry Slater take part in a symbolic same-sex marriage outside the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, Feb. 4, 2014.

The Scottish parliament overwhelmingly passed a bill Tuesday permitting same-sex weddings to take place in the country, despite opposition from Scotland’s two largest churches.

The parliament voted 105 to 18 in favor of the bill, which will allow gay and lesbian weddings to take place in Scotland as early as the fall. The law will not compel religious institutions to hold ceremonies on their premises, but they can “opt in” to perform gay weddings. The bill is similar to one passed by the U.K. Parliament allowing same-sex marriage in England and Wales.

The Scottish Catholic Church and Church of Scotland have opposed the measure, with the Church of Scotland saying that because their congregations have a “wide spread of opinion” on gay marriage, they had no plans to hold same-sex ceremonies.

The bill includes a measure to recognize same-sex marriages registered overseas.

[BBC]

122 comments
jrp77sen
jrp77sen

Grats Scotland!! :) Love wins!

Christopher Hirst
Christopher Hirst

To put it plainly, i do have a profound sense of respect & fear of Gods Divine Authority & morever that God almighty IS the judge of all mankind this is a fact & not a debate!. Sadly though people seem to have forgoten the fact of the Majesty's universal Sovereignty & thus take a stand independent from god wich in turn just like the angels in heaven who have forsaken their own propper dwelling place they have now been placed in chains under dense darkness awaiting the great day of gods wrath & judgement apon the whole inhabited earth. I could preach until the cows came home but just like the generation in the day of the Lord, this generation has hardened their hearts & shut their ears & closed their eye's so they cannot see & turn to the lord and be healed. now im sure this post will upset someone and inturn somebody will complain & have their point of veiw to say wich is fine but just remeber regardless of whether you want to listen to this post & take it to heart, GOD WILL HAVE THE LAST SAY! so go about your life in the ideologies of this world if you will, but know this, time is running out for the unrepentant. P.s This is not written as a letter of my judgement apon you, these things where written of old as a testimony to the generations of man. There is one who judges In righteousness & flawlessly & i honestly hope for all your sakes you listen to him, so i will leave it at that and say a prayer in the hopes that you turn from the darkness of this world and receive the light of christ into your hearts & lives, in jesus name i pray for this amen.

Johnno K
Johnno K

Sadly, MSPs also rejected amendments within the Bill that would protect the civil liberties of those who believe in real marriage.

Matthew Sibenik
Matthew Sibenik

Well they have been wearing dresses, whoops, I mean kilts for centuries.

Nicole Martins
Nicole Martins

Haa Liza, we will praise God anyway, trust me. I guess time will tell, but hope I'm not around then.

Sad Liza
Sad Liza

I guess time will just have to prove that people aren't going to be able to marry stupid things, like toasters, etc. or their pet...(you having said that it's all downhill from here makes me think of how people actually believe that marriage to all kinds of items or strange marriages are going to be allowed, such as marrying children or pets if same-sex marriage becomes legal). Time will show that all will be fine. Then what will you guys do when God doesn't rain fire and brimstone?

Møããž Ħắ
Møããž Ħắ

Because comments in Facebook are all about opinions, I guess that is the answer.

Ali Kennedy
Ali Kennedy

Proud to be Scottish! However, shocking that people in same sex relationships needed to wait for what heterosexuals take for granted!

Ash Zee
Ash Zee

Whatever floats your boat!

Sad Liza
Sad Liza

Sure, freedom of religion is great. It's one of the things that makes America great. But at the same time this country has come under the control of religion even though our founding fathers constructed the Constitution to express that no laws should be made with respect of religion and that a President does not have to be religious. They also stated that this country would not have an established religion. Yet how long now have religious people been trying to make this a Christian nation? How many Presidents were Atheist? How many laws are made that respect a religious viewpoint...?...like making gay marriage illegal. Then there are the religious people who believe that this country is going to be judged for allowing gays the same rights as everyone else. Is this a personal view or a fact? If it is just a personal view, then it shouldn't be forced on to other people. Forcing religion on people is not respecting their right to not have a religious view. I guess I shouldn't let people know that they don't have to live a life of full of the fear of God's judgement. Excuse me. But really, telling people something like that isn't helping anyone so why do it?

Nicole Martins
Nicole Martins

It's just a fact of God's word. You've got free will to choose to believe it or not. It is not by force. To be exempt or not, isn't the question, I too will stand and give account for my own actions. It's a free country, you choose what you live by, we just have to agree to disagree.

Sad Liza
Sad Liza

Kilts. And kilts are actually sexy.

Sad Liza
Sad Liza

Why do you feel the need to share that? I guess that is the question.

Theva Koritsi
Theva Koritsi

Evil preaches tolerance until it is dominant and then it seeks to silence good. Just one more step down ladder to hell.

Caryl Alexandra Lawson
Caryl Alexandra Lawson

Sorry I have to say it for hundreds of years scottish men have had their masculinity under their kilts in the cold ,rain , wind 6 sun wahet the hell....have they lost them altogether

georgeolds
georgeolds

Good for Scotland. When will America catch up and LIVE up to its promise of equality? Of "liberty and justice for ALL"?

Matias  Slavorum
Matias Slavorum

. Ha, ha, ha. It is a great shame for the scots! It just a shame the British isles! Which of you soldiers, thereafter? Which of you christians, thereafter? Derision! I hope that the «red devils» (irish people) have not gone crazy, and will not allow sodomy in «Green island».

Joye Satterfield
Joye Satterfield

It's so awesome that we have freedom to believe how we choose!!!!! Opposing sides each think they are right. I'm a Christian and so very happy that I am. But its hard because so much evil and immorality are working against us. And I do NOT judge anyone's sexual preference. My belief is that God is the judge and my job is to love everyone

Sylvia Salas-Aguilar
Sylvia Salas-Aguilar

If people want to "use" the Bible and Christianity to be hateful and make spiteful comments, YOU are not a true Christian.

Sylvia Salas-Aguilar
Sylvia Salas-Aguilar

Teddy, I am a born again Christian and believe in the power of prayer and trust in what the Bible says to be "truth"... I stand on two most important truths I have read in that Bible and they are: 1. I believe that God sent his only son to die on a cross for me 2. I believe that one day, we will all stand before God and be judged BY HIM. Therefore....what I focus on is that GOD WILL JUDGE ME. :-) have a great day and thanks for your post.

Møããž Ħắ
Møããž Ħắ

Guys you're getting it wrong, I'm not talking from a religious point of view; the thing is that I don't like it, and I see it disgusting. but I'm not saying that it shouldn't be allowed.

Afzaal M. Khan
Afzaal M. Khan

Mo monolethic religion approves of homosexuality.

Pavel Doroshchuk
Pavel Doroshchuk

Goes well with their skirts, or whatever the proper name is for that garnment

Kevin Mcleod
Kevin Mcleod

You often find people who express homophobic views are less than comfortable with their own sexuality.

Ricky Low
Ricky Low

The Scots can teach the rest of the world a lot about tolerance. Great country!

Giovanni LaRusso
Giovanni LaRusso

Michael Joniaux you seem to have a whole lot to say but nothing to stand on except.."its icky". Please enlighten me with your knowledge here, sir. Tell me again how this affects your life?

Sad Liza
Sad Liza

I am a free thinking Christian. I spent 20+ years in churches trying to find my "church home" because I was convinced that I was supposed to do that. I thought I could get closer to God...be a better person...but ah, the hypocrisy! The incorrect teachings. The rules (that they claimed they didn't have). The exclusion of those who are different from them. etc. etc. etc. Yeah, I heard it all; been through it all! Then one day I just stopped trying. I went on my spiritual journey alone and learned a lot! You cannot judge my walk just as I cannot judge yours. I can, however, stand up for those that I believe are being abused by those who call themselves religious; say that they follow the Bible and the teachings of Christ...but then mistreat people in the name of both. We are not supposed to try to tell other people about their sin. We are supposed to work on our own self and our own walk with God. Besides, being gay isn't a sin. I will continue to fight for their rights. And I know God doesn't have a problem with them...he created them, too, you know...and I know he doesn't have a problem with me standing up for their rights. I am not just picking and choosing what to believe. I am operating out of love. When you do that your mind gets clearer. God is love, after all.

Anthony R. Ravenell
Anthony R. Ravenell

Since God is the final judge of the lives that we live in this lifetime then please leave the "Judgement" to Him. No one on this planet is qualified to be formidable substitute.

Lorraine Corso
Lorraine Corso

Sounds like you order your Christianity cafeteria style-you pick what you like. God does NOT work that way and to even think that he does not punish the wicked is just stupid.

georgeolds
georgeolds

WE are discussing loving, committed, consenting, adult, HUMAN relationships.


The 'right' talk of child-molestation, bestiality and relations with inanimate objects.


They say these things and then they wonder why they are not believed! Amazing, isn't it.

georgeolds
georgeolds

One sees precious little of this "love" you profess in your posts.


People loving another so much that they're willing to commit to one another in marriage is HARDLY "evil and immorality".


Please DO let that "God" of yours do the judging. You clearly aren't qualified, and the One Who is told you not to.

georgeolds
georgeolds

What's that got to do with the topic at hand?

georgeolds
georgeolds

Actually,

These denominations will marry same gender couples:

Affirming Pentecostal Church International
Alliance of Christian Churches
Anointed Affirming Independent Ministries
The Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Community of Christ
Conservative Judaism
Ecumenical Catholic Church
Ecumenical Catholic Communion
The Episcopal Church
Evangelical Anglican Church In America
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Global Alliance of Affirming Apostolic Pentecostals
Inclusive Orthodox Church
Metropolitan Community Church
Old Catholic Church
Progressive Christian Alliance
Reconciling Pentecostals International
Reconstructionist Judaism
Reform Judaism
Reformed Anglican Catholic Church
Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
Unitarian Universalist Church
United Church of Christ


Just an fyi.

georgeolds
georgeolds

Re: "to even think that he does not punish the wicked is just stupid"


Well, Lorraine, YOU are still allowed to post here.


QED, and all that.