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Religious Groups Support Same-Sex Marriage

At the beginning of the debate, five religious groups backed gay marriage 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.

Legislation to allow same-sex marriage in Scotland was passed by the Scottish Parliament in February 2014 and received Royal Assent on 12 March 2014. The first same-sex marriages are expected to occur in Autumn 2014.

Some religious organisations, notably the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland were fierce in their criticism of same-sex marriage.  We have heard things said for example, such as statement that said a Scottish government that allowed gay marriage did not deserve the support of  Catholic voters in Scotland.

But not all religious groups held that view. An event held by the Scottish Youth Parliament brought together the religious organisations which supported gay marriage.

Some members of religious groups support gay marriage in a personal capacity even though their organisations don't. 

Bishop Richard Holloway, former leader of the Scottish Episcopal Church, and Suzanne Dance, facilitator of the Buddhist Community of Interbeing, were also there in a in a personal capacity and spoke in favour of same-sex marriage.

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