Same sex marriage bill passed in Scotland

MSPs voted to legalise same sex marriage in Scotland.

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'Protection' for religious groups defeated in same sex marriage debate

Attempts to add "protection" for religious groups opposed to same-sex marriage have been defeated at the Scottish Parliament.

MSPs rejected concerns as they prepare to determine the controversial Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill in a final vote later.

SNP backbencher John Mason had hoped to alter the legislation to ensure no one is "compelled by any means" to solemnise gay marriage.

His was the first of a series of backbench amendments seeking to bolster protection in the Bill for freedom of expression.

Alex Neil, the Scottish Health Secretary, said the legislation already protects celebrants who do not want to take part in ceremonies.

Mr Mason's argument was defeated in a 96-21 vote as MSPs picked their way through the final stage of the Bill before it can become law.


Protesters gather outside Holyrood

Christian campaigners gathered outside Holyrood Credit: ITV News Border

Protesters against same-sex marriage have gathered outside Holyrood on the day MSPs are expected to vote it through in Scotland.

The campaigners from United Christian Witness, including from the Galashiels congregation of the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing), said the Marriage Bill went against the word of God.

Some of the protestors are from the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) in Galashiels Credit: ITV News Border

Another rally by LGBT campaigners in favour of same-sex marriage is expected to take place later this afternoon.

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