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Scottish Parliament approved the Same Sex Marriage Bill

The Scottish Parliament approved the Same Sex Marriage Bill.

Feb 7, 2014 13:17 IST
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The Scottish Parliament approved the Same Sex Marriage Bill on 3 February 2014. The Scotland became the 17th country to give the green signal to same sex marriages which was an important step for equal rights.

The Bill was adopted with 105-18 votes by the Scottish Parliament, which follows similar legislation of the British parliament.

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Under the law, same sex marriage ceremonies can take place in any place agreed between the couple and the registrar, other than religious premises. No part of the religious community will be forced to hold such ceremonies in churches.

Bill also allows transgender people to stay married rather than having to get divorced, when obtaining a Gender Recognition Certificate.

Scotland has joined the group of countries which have allowed same-sex marriage. The Netherlands was the first country that allowed same sex marriage in 2001. In 2013 England and Wales, Brazil, Uruguay, New Zealand and France passed the same sex marriage bill. Besides, some States of the US and Mexico too have formulated the laws on same-sex marriage.

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