Scotland: Support for same-sex marriage at record high ahead of first wedding



First wedding: Douglas Pretsell and Peter Gloster converted their Scottish civil partnership to a Scottish marriage in Australia


By @ShaunyGibson – Used to be @ ShaunyNews Via:

As someone who was part of the process along with a million more here in Scotland to get our Government to allow Gay marriages I am delighted with this news. I did an article on it when it broke earlier this year. It goes against a Worldwide trend, all over the World people are shocked at this, why? I don’t get it. In the Middle East and North Africa it’s certain death, in many other countries it’s just not liked As a species the 1st World people MUST understand this isn’t going away it will only gain more support. 2nd and 3rd World I don’t know. The only thing I can EVER see getting in the way of the happiness of 2 people is Religion. Religion is the ONLY thing against Gay Marriage yet people still say Religion doesn’t hate or cast stones, I beg to differ

Support for same-sex marriage has reached a record high in Scotland, with more than two-thirds of people agreeing that gay couples should be allowed to tie the knot. A total of 68% believe gay or lesbian couples should have the right to marry, up from just over two-fifths of the public (41%) in 2002.

While same-sex marriage ceremonies cannot take place before December 31, couples who have already entered into a civil partnership can complete the necessary paperwork to convert that to a marriage from Tuesday.

The first couple to make use of the new law were Douglas Pretsell and Peter Gloster, who converted their Scottish civil partnership to a Scottish marriage at the British Consulate in Melbourne, Australia, as soon as the law came into effect at one minute past midnight UK time (11.01am Australian Eastern Daylight Time). Douglas, who is originally from Edinburgh, and Peter, from Melbourne, had a civil partnership in August 2010 at Fenton Tower in North Berwick, East Lothian.

The 47-year-olds said : “We are so proud of Scotland for introducing equal marriage, and we hope that other countries like Australia will soon follow Scotland’s lead.” The new research found a “dramatic shift in the last 12 years towards support for same-sex marriage”, with 35% of people now “strongly agreeing”. The figures from ScotCen Social Research’s Scottish Social Attitudes Survey were released to mark the first same-sex marriages coming into force. The 2014 survey revealed fewer than a fifth (17%) of Scots are against same-sex marriage, compared to 29% in 2002.

Younger people are more likely to believe gay couples should be allowed to wed than older Scots, with 83% of 18 to 24-year-olds in favour compared to 44% of those aged 65 and above. But the research said: “Across all age brackets, support for marriage equality has increased and in fact the attitudes gap between the oldest and youngest has narrowed between 2010 (52 percentage points) and 2014 (39 percentage points).”

While same-sex marriage is most widely supported by those of no religious affiliation (81%), the survey suggested about 60% of those who identified themselves as Christian backed it — with 59% of those questioned who were in the Church of Scotland in agreement as well as 60% of Catholics surveyed and 58% of “other Christians”. However, among those who attend church or another place of worship on a weekly basis, only 33% agreed with same-sex marriage, the 2014 survey found. Rachel Ormston, co-director of social attitudes at ScotCen Social Research said: “Increasingly we are witnessing a consensus in favour of same-sex marriage emerging in Scotland.

“The demographic analysis shows that the vast majority of groups in Scottish society now back the idea. “It’s only among those who attend religious services regularly and the over-65s where a majority remain opposed. “What’s particularly interesting is the shift since 2010. Attitudes within some groups that have been typically more likely to disagree with gay marriage have liberalised considerably over the last four years, and looking at the longer-term trends it seems likely that they will continue to do so.”

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