Scotland passes same-sex marriage bill

By Agence France-Presse
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 8:40 EDT
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Plastic figurines of same-sex couples are displayed at the gay marriage fair in Paris on April 27, 2013. (AFP)
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Scottish MSPs have passed a bill allowing same-sex weddings, despite opposition from the country’s two main churches.

Lawmakers voted by 105 to 18 in favour of the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill, paving the way for gay and lesbian weddings as early as the autumn.

Ministers reassured religious leaders that they would not be forced to hold such ceremonies in churches.

Gay and lesbian couples were recently given the right to marry in England and Wales, and ceremonies are due to take place in March.

Health Secretary Alex Neil said the passing of the bill spelt “a historic day in the history of the Scottish Parliament”.

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