SCOTLAND has followed New Zealand and voted 105 to 18 in favour of same-sex marriage despite strong opposition from some quarters – the first gay and lesbian weddings could take place this autumn.

The decisive vote leaves Northern Ireland  as the only country in the UK that does not permit gay people to marry.

Scotland’s two main churches were opposed to the reform and will not be required to perform same-sex marriages, however the Quakers, Buddhists and the Pagan Federation have backed equality.

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More to come.

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