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Same sex marriage to be legalised, 25/07/12 [S]

The Scottish Government intend to legislate to allow same sex marriage. Legislation will be accompanied by important protections for freedom of speech and religion.

As indicated in the consultation, no religious body will be compelled to conduct same sex marriages - protection for religious bodies who do not wish to conduct same sex marriages already exists under UK equality law.

A focused consultation with stakeholders will now take place to inform the drafting of legislation and guidance. It will consider any additional measures that may be required to guarantee freedom of speech and religion in specific circumstances, including education.

Deputy First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon said:

"A range of other concerns have also been expressed and we will take the opportunity to discuss with stakeholders what additional protections should be included, either in the legislation itself or in guidance, to address these.

"This will include consideration of any provisions that may be required to protect religious beliefs of teachers and parents in schools.

"We also intend to protect the current situation whereby the faith content of the curriculum in Catholic denominational schools is determined by the Scottish Catholic Education Service".

For full details see the Scottish Government website.

Further Information

Same sex marriage to be legalised
Registration of Civil Partnerships, Same Sex Marriage: Consultation Analysis
Consultation on the registration of civil partnership and same sex marriage - responses from organisations