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 be converted from 16th December. Typically Scotland would see between 450 and 550 civil partnerships registered per year.
Almost every administrative area of Scotland has now registered a same-sex wedding – the only exceptions being Orkney and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles). This is not surprising given their relatively small populations. So far, Edinburgh is leading the way with 130 same-sex weddings having taken place within the city to date, while Glasgow has hosted 99.
Equal marriage has been welcomed by politicians from all Scottish parties including First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. Ms Sturgeon insisted last night, at an event to mark Holocaust Memorial Day, that making same-sex marriage a reality underlines her government’s commitment to facilitating equality and challenging discrimination.