|Jim Eadie, Parliament member|
Scotland has passed the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill today, paving the way for same-sex couples to marry, beginning in the fall. The bill, which passed by a vote of 105-18 in the Scottish Parliament, allows the country to join with jurisdictions in the United Kingdom and England and Wales in establishing marriage equality.
Both England Wales passed similar bills last year, and are set to marry same-sex couples next month. The bill also ends Scotland's spousal veto rule, a law that required transgender people's spouses to sign off on changing their gender.
"I believe this bill will have a hugely positive impact on our society and on the health and well-being of LGBT of people in our country," said Jim Eadie, a member of Parliament. "This is a profound moment in our nation’s history."
Although the Church of Scotland and Scottish Catholic Church opposed the bill, religious groups will not be required to perform same-sex marriages, but can opt in if they choose to. If only we can realize the same thing could work here in America...