A CHURCH of Scotland evangelical group claims the Scottish Parliament "arrogantly elevated its own wisdom" above God's after MSPs passed stage one of the Bill to allow same-sex marriage.

The traditionalist grouping, Forward Together, said it deeply regrets the decision by the Scottish Parliament to approve, in principle, same-sex marriage in Scotland. On Wednesday, 98 MSPs saw the Marriage And Civil Partnerships (Scotland) Bill on course to become law in 2015.

The group, whose director is the Rev Norman Maciver, said: "In making this decision, the Scottish Parliament has taken to itself the right to redefine marriage, which is a gift from God to human society for the well being of men and women and for the upbringing of children.

"The Parliament has in effect said God is wrong, his gift is inadequate, and the divine pattern of gender complementarity, seen to be God's will in both Old and New Testaments, is a mistake. The Scottish Parliament has arrogantly elevated its own wisdom over that of the living God."

Forward Together said it is not convinced Holyrood can guarantee legal protection for those whose conscience will not permit them to support move.

The statement added: "Forward Together laments the haste with which the Scottish Parliament has pressed ahead. The implications are of such magnitude that a much longer period of reflection and careful thought was called for."

The Rev Scott Rennie of Queen's Cross Parish Church in Aberdeen, the Church's first openly gay minister, has asserted the Kirk is being overtaken by civic society as it struggles with the issue of homosexuality.