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MSPs Endorse Same-Sex Marriage Bill

A government committee has supported legislation that would introduce same-sex marriage in Scotland.

A majority of MSPs on the Equal Opportunities Committee have given their support to the Marriage and Civil Partnership Bill. Other members were not convinced by the Bill and voiced concerns that it did not provide adequate protections.

The new legislation still needs to go through a rigorous voting process at Parliament before it can officially become law.

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Convener of the equal opportunities committee, Labour MSP Margaret McCulloch, said: "All of us on the committee recognise the validity, depth and sincerity of all views submitted to us on what has clearly been an emotive issue.

"While the majority of our committee supports the general principles of this bill, we wholeheartedly support the right of all members of the Scottish Parliament to vote on the bill as a matter of conscience."

Under the Bill, it has previously been said that religious bodies will have to 'opt in' to perform same-sex wedding ceremonies, while protection is also outlined for those who feel the legislation goes against their faith to carry out a ceremony.

The Church of Scotland and Roman Catholic Church have been outspoken in their opposition to the proposed changes in law.

The Bill is now expected to be presented to the full parliament for consideration.

(JP/CD)


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