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First same–sex weddings take place in Scotland

London, December 31: Scotland’s first same–sex weddings took place on Wednesday after a new gay marriage law came into effect earlier this month. Joe Schofield and Malcolm Brown tied the knot at a humanist ceremony at the Trades Hall in Glasgow, while Susan and Gerrie Douglas–Scott married in private in the city, BBC reported. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Scottish Green Party’s Patrick Harvie acted as witnesses at Susan and Gerrie’s wedding, while Scotland’s tiol poet Liz Lochhead and minister Marco Biagi attended Joe and Malcolm’s cermony. Susan, 54, and Gerrie Douglas–Scott, who is 59, live in Glasgow where they first met 18 years ago and have five grown–up children. “We are delighted that after 18 years together, our love filly has the same recognition in law and society as all other married couples,” the couple said.  (IANS)

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