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Report: LGBT people face widespread inequality in Scotland

The Scottish LGBT Equality Report

A new report published today by the Equality Network revealed that LGBT people still face widespread inequality in Scotland. The Scottish LGBT Equality Report, a state of the nation report on LGBT people’s experiences of inequality in Scotland surveyed 1052 respondents from across the country. It reveals that despite recent advances in the law and social attitudes, such as the ...

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Scotland rated best country in Europe for LGBTI legal equality

ILGA Europe

ILGA-Europe’s ‘Rainbow Europe Index 2015’ annual review places Scotland ahead of the rest of the UK and Europe on legal equality for LGBTI people. Following the legalisation of same-sex marriage last year, Scotland now meets 92% of ILGA’s 48-point criteria for LGBTI equality and human rights legislation Scotland was also ahead of rUK because of more progressive policies on intersex ...

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Over 500 same-sex weddings have taken place so far


Over 500 same-sex couples have tied the knot in Scotland since Hogmanay, official statistics show. The Scottish Government has confirmed that, as of yesterday, 507 same-sex marriages have taken place including conversions from civil partnerships. The figures confirm the popularity and success of the new legislation, which allowed for same sex weddings from Hogmanay – and for civil partnerships to ...

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First UK gay pagan wedding held in Scotland

Tom Lanting and Iain Robertson - Cherrie Coutts Photography

The UK’s first Pagan same-sex wedding took place in Edinburgh, Scotland on Sunday as Tom Lanting (34) and Iain Robertson (39) tied the knot. The couple, who have been together for 12 years, are both Hedge Witches and live in Edinbrugh. They were married in front of family and friends in the 16th century vaulted cellars of Marlin’s Wynd by ...

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Scotland celebrates equal marriage

The first same-sex couples tied the knot at the stroke of midnight in Scotland’s first equal marriage ceremonies. The first two weddings both took place at the same time in Glasgow, when Joe Schofield and Malcolm Brown (both 42) were married in a humanist ceremony at the Trades Hall, and Susan (54) and Gerrie Douglas-Scott (59), were also married in a ...

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New guide to same-sex marriage in Scotland launched

A new guide to same-sex marriage and civil partnership in Scotland has been launched on Thursday to mark the start of Scotland’s equal marriage law. 10,000 copies of the guide have been published by the Equality Network to explain to same-sex couples how they can register a marriage or civil partnership in Scotland, and to inform LGBTI people about their ...

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Survey reveals majority of Scotland back equal marriage

Jerry Slater and Larry Lamont who will get married after Hogmanay

A total of 68% of Scotland’s residents 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. The ScotCen Social Research’s Scottish Social Attitudes Survey findings were released to mark the first same-sex marriages coming into force in Scotland. According to the survey 68% of ...

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First Scottish gay couple becomes married

Douglas Pretsell and Peter Gloster

The first Scottish gay couple have become legally married after the country’s historic equal marriage legislation came into effect at midnight today. Douglas Pretsell and Peter Gloster, converted their Scottish civil partnership to a Scottish marriage at the British Consulate in Melbourne, Australia, as soon as the law came into effect at one minute past midnight UK time (11.01am Australian Eastern ...

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Smith Commission: Equality not devolved to Scotland


The Smith Commission report launched on Wednesday has not recommended full devolution of equality legislation to the Scottish Parliament, reserving the Equality Act 2010 to Westminster. According to the Smith Commission Report, Section 60, “The Equality Act 2010 will remain reserved. The powers of the Scottish Parliament will include, but not be limited to, the introduction of gender quotas in respect ...

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Scotland to celebrate first LGBTI marriage this Hogmanay

Scotland's First Same-Sex Marriage this Hogmanay!

The first same sex marriage ceremonies in Scotland are expected to go ahead from this Hogmanay, announced today the Scottish Government. The government have also announced that couples who wish to convert their existing civil partnerships to marriage will be able to do so, free of charge for the first year, as soon as the law comes into force on ...

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