From THE BBC:
Scotland is set to become the first part of the UK to introduce gay marriage after the SNP government announced plans to make the change. Scottish ministers confirmed they would bring forward a bill on the issue.
The announcement was made in the wake of a government consultation which produced a record 77,508 responses.
Scotland's deputy first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, said: "We are committed to a Scotland that is fair and equal and that is why we intend to proceed with plans to allow same sex marriage and religious ceremonies for civil partnerships - we believe that this is the right thing to do."
There will be the usual exemptions from human rights legislation for the churches and other religious bodies.
From Colin Coward (Changing Attitudes):
There were a significant number of clerical shirts, black and purple, at the Downing Street reception yesterday for the LGBT community. Jeffrey John and Grant Holmes, Bishop Alan Wilson, Giles Goddard, Kelvin Holdsworth, Sharon Fergusson and myself among them. David Cameron spoke of the government's determination to introduce equal marriage and I have no doubt todays good news from Scotland will be replicated in England and Wales within two years. Cameron is clearly determined to take on Church resistance to equal marriage. We know from the York Synod that the government is also determined to take on the Church if it fails to propose legislation for women in the episcopate which grants women bishops equal authority with men. We have a powerful ally in this government and the way in which Changing Attitude's campaign for CPs in church and for equal marriage develops is going to be exciting and challenging - we will need all the resources we can muster.
MadPriest was not invited but is pleased that so many of the people, that he has spent the last seven years of his life helping, had such a wonderful time.