Same Sex Marriage Bill passed in Scottish Parliament

On 4 February 2014, the Scottish Parliament voted overwhelmingly to pass the Same Sex Marriage Bill.

In his announcement of the news, the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing Alex Neil said ‘This is a historic moment for equality in Scotland. I am proud that the Scottish Parliament has taken this progressive and hugely important decision in favour of equal rights in our country’.

A consultation in 2011 invited views on the possible introduction of same sex marriage.