The first same sex weddings in Scotland could take place in the autumn if, as expected, equal marriage laws are passed through the Scottish Parliament this evening.
MSPs are voting right now on legalising marriage for gay and lesbian couples.
As Lucy Taylor reports, there have been rallies outside Holyrood from campaigners on both sides of the debate.
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