Tuesday , 23 July 2019

Equal Marriage Scotland: Over 800 couples said “I Do”

Gerrie and Susan Douglas-Scott
Gerrie and Susan Douglas-Scott

Over 800 same-sex couples have taken their new right to tie the knot since equal marriage has been legalised in Scotland.

Figures just released by National Records of Scotland show that 829 same-sex couples married in Scotland between 16th December 2014 and 31st March 2015. That’s 367 in December, and 462 in January to March.

One in eight marriage in Scotland are same-sex.

Legislators passed the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill in February, making Scotland the 17th country in the world to legalise same-sex ceremonies.

The Act received Royal Assent in March and, following the passage of the necessary secondary legislation, the law came into effect on 16 December 2014.

Couples were able to convert their existing civil-partnership from 16 December 2015, and following a 15-day notice period were able to register new marriages on Hogmanay.

Most couples who have married so far (693) were converting their existing civil partnership to marriage.

Edinburgh had the largest number of same-sex marriages registered between December and March (206), followed by Glasgow (156), Fife (48) and Dumfries & Galloway (46).

Only Orkney and the Western Isles had not had a same-sex marriage registered by 31st March 2015.

Between January and March there were 20 new civil partnerships registered – around one quarter of the average number in previous years. That shows that many couples will choose marriage, but there will a continued demand for civil partnerships from couples that prefer it to marriage.

The first two weddings both took place at Hogmanay in Glasgow, when Susan (54) and Gerrie Douglas-Scott (59) were married as well as Joe Schofield and Malcolm Brown (both 42).

17 couples celebrated their weddings on the morning of Hogmanay.

A recent survey revealed an overwhelming majority of Scotland’s residents (68%) believe LGBTI couples should have the right to marry; showing support for marriage equality is at a record high and opposition at a record low.

About Dan Littauer

Dan Littauer is a journalist who specializes in LGBTI current affairs, travel writing, feature writing and investigative journalism. He is a correspondent for LGBTQ Nation, ManAboutWorld, and previously worked for Gay Star News, PinkNews, San Diego Gay and Lesbian News, Gay Middle East, Lonely Planet as well as contributing occasionally to the BBC, Al-Jazeera, CNN and The Guardian. He also had an extensive career outside journalism, which included teaching psychoanalysis and social science, and consultancy work for the travel market. When he is not busy writing, he can be spotted rambling around the stunning Scottish landscape, where he lives, spending time at home with his cat.

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