A consultation process on plans to legalise same-sex marriage in Scotland has received more than 50,000 responses from groups and the public in just three months — with 18,000 of those facilitated by marriage equality groups.

Same-sex couples can currently enter into civil partnerships in Scotland but ceremonies may not be held in places of worship.

Some churches have been running a scare campaign on the issue.

“If the homosexuals and these people want to be treated equally, then what about pedophiles?” the Free Church of Scotland’s Reverend James Gracie told the BBC.

He also called same-sex marriage “a direct attack on the Christian faith and the Bible”.

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