Church Of Scotland Finally Votes To Allow Same Sex Marriages
Written by Peter Boykin on May 23, 2022
Shared By Peter Boykin – American Political Commentator / Citizen Journalist
The Church of Scotland has voted to allow parish ministers and deacons to marry same-sex couples if they wish to do so.
The motion passed by 274 commissioners in favour to 136 against at the 2022 General Assembly of the Church of Scotland on 23 May. Church law will now be changed to enable parish ministers, known as Ministers of Word and Sacrament, and deacons to apply to be able to conduct same-sex ceremonies.
To be married, in front of their church families, would mean everything to them but they were not able to do so.
Although same-sex marriage has been legal since the end of 2014 in Scotland, weddings by the Church of Scotland have not been permitted until now.
“Delighted to see that the general assembly of the Church of Scotland has voted for ministers to be able to conduct same sex weddings,” said Scottish politician Ruth Davidson.
Under the terms of the legislation, parish ministers who have their application to be a celebrant approved will be allowed to use a church building in their charge for the solemnisation of a gay marriage, as well as being able to give consent to other celebrants to use the building for this.
Delighted to see that the general assembly of the Church of Scotland has voted for ministers to be able to conduct same sex weddings.
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