The Scottish Government's decision to become the first part of the UK to introduce gay marriage is an important cultural, moral and social moment in the history of this country.
Less than a decade ago gay couples in committed relationships had none of the legal rights of married heterosexual couples. Now there is to be complete equality for the first time, with the UK Government indicating it will soon follow suit. Surveys of public opinion have shown for several years now that most Scots are in favour of this reform, albeit that the consultation on the subject showed 64% against. In making the decision to change the law, the Scottish Government has made a bold decision.
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