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Religious groups call for gay marriages in Scotland

BBC News, 28th September 2011

Five religious groups are joining together to call for same-sex marriage to be allowed in Scotland.

The Unitarians, Quakers, Metropolitan Community Church, Pagan Federation and Liberal Judaism are backing members of the Scottish Youth Parliament in their campaign on the issue.

Ministers are currently holding a consultation on same-sex marriages. At the moment gay couples can have a civil ceremony but it cannot take place in religious premises. Civil partnerships can only be registered by civil registrars.

The Scottish Youth Parliament and many gay rights campaigners want that to change.

Earlier this month the Scottish government launched a 14-week consultation on the issue of same-sex marriages and religious ceremonies for civil partnerships. Read more