MSPs back the general principles of the same-sex marriage bill

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MSPs backed the general principles of the Marriage and Civil Partnership Bill after the second part of the debate on the legislation on 20 November 2013.

98 MSPs voted in favour of the proposed legislation, 15 against and with 5 abstentions.

Under the bill, religious bodies would opt in to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies.

In addition, protection would also be offered to individual celebrants who felt it would go against their faith to carry out gay weddings.

Same-sex couples in Scotland currently have the option to enter into civil partnerships, and the Holyrood government has insisted no part of the religious community would be forced to hold same-sex weddings in churches.

The first part of the debate can be viewed below:

Marriage and Civil Partnership Bill debate 1

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