Scotland Legalizes Marriage Equality!
Scotland has put an end to the streak of anti-gay international headlines over the past few months by becoming the 17th country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage. The historic moment came moments ago as the Scottish Parliament passed the Marriage and Civil Partnership Bill by a vote of 105 to 18.
"Today will be remembered in history as the day that lesbian, gay and bisexual people were finally granted full legal equality in Scotland, and given an equal right to marry the person they love," said Equality Network Policy Network Coordinator Tom French. "This is a profoundly emotional moment for many people who grew up in a country where being gay was still a criminal offense until 1980. Scotland can be proud that we now have one of the most progressive equal marriage bills in the world, and that we’ve sent out a strong message about the kind of country we are. We know this change means so much to LGBT people across Scotland and we look forward to the first same-sex marriages taking place as soon as possible.”
Scotland's government has pledged to speed up implementation of the bill, ensuring the country's same-sex couples a chance to marry starting in late 2014.
Scotland follows in the footsteps of other pioneering countries, including: Netherlands (2001), Belgium (2003), Spain (2005), Canada (2005), South Africa (2006), Portugal (2008), Norway (2009), Sweden (2009), Argentina (2010), Iceland (2010), Denmark (2012), France (2013), New Zealand (2013), Uruguay (2013), Brazil (2013), England and Wales (2013) and parts of the USA and Mexico.