Scotland to Legalize Gay Marriage
Even though a government survey finds widespread disapproval
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 25, 2012 1:19 PM CDT
The first gay marriages in Scotland could take place in 2015.   (AP Photo/ Fay Abuelgasim, File)

(Newser) – The first legal gay marriages in Scotland are expected to take place in 2015 under new legislation being pushed by the government, reports the BBC. Barring any surprises, Scotland would be the first part of the UK to sanction same-sex weddings. The plan comes despite strong opposition from the Catholic Church and the Church of Scotland, and despite about two-thirds of nearly 80,000 respondents frowning on the idea when leaders sought public opinion, notes the Telegraph.

"We are committed to a Scotland that is fair and equal and that is why we intend to proceed with plans to allow same-sex marriage and religious ceremonies for civil partnerships," says the deputy first minister, Nicola Sturgeon. "We believe that this is the right thing to do." The government promises to put into place safeguards so that religious groups that oppose gay marriage won't be forced to take part.

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Michael4yah
Jul 27, 2012 5:16 PM CDT
I am a direct descendant of Scots and hoped to travel back to my roots but I am disgusted by this news. When are we going to understand that "Certain people" have joined together in a worldwide conspiracy to overturn Gods law. Some even flaunt a symbol that represents Gods will being turned upside down. For those who dont know, Adam built the great Pyramid of Geza. Its mentioned in the bible. The shape of this symbol, a triangle is shown with another triangle superimposed upside down. Thats the symbol of satan. Wake up world. Your being had.
right2dave
Jul 26, 2012 8:59 AM CDT
What a surprize. Put that up your skirt.
JesusLovesSomeOfYou
Jul 25, 2012 3:53 PM CDT
"The government promises to put into place safeguards so that religious groups that oppose gay marriage won't be forced to take part." You want to do the right thing? Quit respecting bullshit. Bullshit doesn't respect you...