Church of Scotland to allow same-sex 'weddings'

Church of Scotland to allow same-sex 'weddings'

The Church of Scotland has voted to allow ministers and deacons to officiate same-sex weddings.

During the 2022 General Assembly of the Church of Scotland 274 commissioners voted in favour and 136 against.

The moderator of the General Assembly, Rt Rev Dr Iain Greenshields, said the Church of Scotland had had “a lengthy, prayerful and in-depth discussion” on this topic to find a solution that “respects diversity and values the beliefs of all.”

The Solemnisation of Same Sex Marriage Overture will require ministers, deacons and readers apply to become an authorised celebrant of same-sex marriage.

This means that no person would be required to participate or be involved in the arrangements for a same-sex marriage ceremony unless they explicitly wished to do so.

Last year, the Methodist Church became the largest denomination in the UK to allow same-sex marriages.

LGBT couples can also have their weddings blessed by the Scottish Episcopal Church, the United Reformed Church and the Quakers in Britain.