Scottish ministers vote to legalise civil partnership

By Cameron Brooks

Published: 05/02/2014

Scotland has become the 17th country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage in a “historic” move which paved the way for the first ceremonies to take place in the autumn.

Campaigners clapped and cheered and gave MSPs a standing ovation after they voted 105 to 18 to back the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) bill after a passionate four-hour debate at Holyrood yesterday.

Health Secretary Alex Neil, who steered the legislation through parliament on behalf of the government, said it was a “historic moment for equality”.

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