Jerry Slater and Larry Lamont believe that the gay marriage bill will help the nation, as gay couples and their families will feel less stress and pressure from society:
Jerry Slater and his partner Larry Lamont say that apart form not being able to have children together, they are no different than anyone else:
Kirkcudbright couple Jerry Slater and Larry Lamont have been together for more than 20 years.
They decided to have a civil partnership ceremony seven years ago, as they felt it would give them the same rights as a civil marriage couple:
A bill to allow same sex marriage in Scotland has been published.
Health Secretary Alex Neil said the legislation marked "a historic moment for Scotland and for equal rights in our country".
– Alex Neil, Health Secretary
"A marriage is about love, not gender. And that is the guiding principle at the heart of this bill.
"At the same time, we also want to protect freedom of speech and religion, and that's what the bill sets out to do.
"That is why it will be up to the religious body or individual celebrant to decide if they want to perform same sex marriages and there will be no obligation to opt in."
The gay rights charity, the Equality Network, held a celebration outside the Scottish parliament this morning.
– Tom French, Policy co-ordinator, Equality Network
"By passing equal marriage legislation, our MSPs will not only be giving same-sex couples an equal right to celebrate their love through marriage, they will also be sending out a message to the world about the kind of fair and progressive country Scotland wants to be."
But the campaign group Scotland for Marriage is strongly opposed to the plans.
– Scotland for Marriage Spokersperson
"The Scottish Government pledged to protect free speech and other civil liberties but they have not fulfilled their promises.
" Scotland for Marriage now has more supporters - almost 50,000 - than the combined memberships of the mainstream political parties in Scotland added together.
"Teachers, parents, school kids, foster carers, NHS chaplains and others in everyday life must not be penalised for backing traditional marriage.
"We have warned for more than a year that safeguards and law changes are required to do this - but our views have been ignored so far."
A new campaign video called "It's Time", has been launched to encourage people to back the introduction of same-sex marriage in Scotland.
The video features Scottish celebrities including Brian Cox, Lorraine Kelly, Alan Cumming and The Proclaimers:
Tom French is from Equality Network, the group campaigning for same-sex marriage:
A new video campaign has been launched urging people to back the introduction of same-sex marriage in Scotland.
"It's Time" features appearances from Scottish celebrities including Brian Cox, Lorraine Kelly, Alan Cumming and The Proclaimers.
The video was was produced for the Equality Network who are campaigning to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples.
The Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill is expected to be introduced to the Scottish Parliament this week.
The bill, which is supported by 88 of Holyrood's 129 MSPs, will end the legal definition of marriage as a union exclusively between a man and a woman.
– Tom French, policy co-ordinator for the Equality Network
“We’re incredibly proud of the ‘It’s Time’ video campaign, which demonstrates the breadth of support that exists for equal marriage in Scotland, and reflects the values of equality and compassion that have always been at the heart of our society."