equal marriage

  • December 31, 2014

    Scotland’s first same-sex weddings took place at the stroke of midnight on Hogmanay, as two couples became the first to tie-the-knot.

  • December 31, 2014

    Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has recorded a special video message to mark the first same-sex weddings in Scotland.

  • December 24, 2014

    A new guide to same-sex marriage and civil partnership in Scotland has been launched to mark the start of Scotland’s equal marriage law.

  • December 18, 2014

    On the day that Scotland’s historic equal marriage legislation came into effect a new study by ScotCen Social Research reveals that public support for same-sex marriage in Scotland is at a record high and opposition at a record low.

  • November 6, 2014

    Marriage equality is a worthy cause, and UK laws rightly ban discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation. But a legal case by the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland against a bakery unhelpfully confuses different issues.

  • July 3, 2014

    Clergy and laypersons should not get into trouble for marrying their same-sex partners, the Methodist Church in Britain agreed. For the time being, only opposite-sex couples will be allowed to marry in church. But a two-year period of study and discussion will examine whether this should change.

  • May 10, 2014

    Equal marriage is now taking effect in England, Wales, Scotland and many other parts of the world. Some Christians welcome this, others are unsure or opposed. Against this background, theological reflection on sexuality and gender identity is particularly important.

  • April 13, 2014

    "First gay clergyman to wed plunges Church into crisis: Archbishop under pressure to sack canon who flouted ban on same sex marriage", announced the Mail dramatically. "Church of England faces 'crisis' as gay priest weds" was the Telegraph headline.

  • March 30, 2014

    Celebrations are taking place across England and Wales for newly-married same-sex as well as opposite-sex couples. Soon equal marriage will be in place in Scotland too. This is cause for rejoicing not only for the newly-weds, their families and friends but also the wider community.

  • March 29, 2014

    It must be unusual to find that somebody objects so much to your wedding that he has travelled half way around the world to do a series of media interviews criticising it. All the more so if you don't know him and possibly have never heard of him.