Wednesday , 22 May 2019

Meet Scotland’s first to be gay marriage couple

Malcolm Brown and Joe Schofield are set to become the first gay couple in Scotland to say “I do” and get married.

The former DJ and public health worker, both aged 42 years, will make history seconds on Hogmanay, 31 December this year when they will become Scotland’s first married gay couple, reported STV.

Brown and Schofield from Tullibody, Clackmannanshire, met online and have been together nine years.

The two will be prounced husband and husband moments after the clock strikes 12 on 1 January.

Brown and Schofield were among 15 couples who took up the Humanist Society Scotland’s offer to help organise the earliest-possible gay marriage, with most of the other 14 couples set to marry later the same day.

The weddings were made possible after a change in the law was passed at Holyrood earlier this year, following a campaign led by the Equality Network.

Brown told STV: “Before we couldn’t have used the word marriage. We as a gay couple can now use that term. We’re now equal with everyone else. That’s really important.

“I was blown away to find out we will be the first.”

Schofield, who campaigned for LGBTI equality since he was 16, added: “There is obviously the devotion I have, this is the guy I want to spend the rest of my life with.”

Originally from Rochdale, Greater Manchester, he added: “It’s also about some of the basic human rights that our relationship will be recognised as husband and husband. That’s a biggie.

“This is a real, concrete example of Scotland making changes that will change social attitudes. I was amazed to get it.”

Brown said: “You just know when something is right. I knew fairly early on, and I said, ‘This is the one, we’re going to get married one day’. Those were the words: ‘We’re going to get married one day.’ This is it.”

The two were told on Sunday that they had been chosen to be Scotland’s first newly wed gay couple.

Humanist Society Scotland celebrant Ross Wright, who has also campaigned for equal marriage, will conduct the ceremony.

“It was difficult to chose a couple,” he said. “Lot of people wanted to be the first. These two just seemed to understand the significance of it on all the levels

“There are going to be a lot of weddings on the 31ST.”

Tim Hopkins, Director of the Equality Network, said: “We’re really pleased to see this wedding and all the other weddings on the 31st go ahead.

“When the bill passed in the Scottish Parliament February it was a very emotional moment. The 31st of December for us will be a celebration.”

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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2 comments

  1. Are they getting married at midnight on 31st december (hogmanay )……?……….. I am a bit confused as your article says that there will be lots of weddings on the 31st ?…….can you clarify please :)

  2. Their wedding is planned for just after midnight on the morning of Hogmanay – 23 hours and 50 something minutes before the bells

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