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Church of Scotland allows ministers to have same-sex marriages

2016-05-22
STV reports that yesterday (May 21) the Church of Scotland approved a law allowing ministers to marry their same-sex partners. It extends on a law that was introduced last year allowing ministers to be in same-sex civil partnerships. The Church voted in favour of the law by 339 and 215 were against it. During the assembly a letter from the Queen was read, she said: "At a time of such upheaval and unrest across the world, it is reassuring to hear that the Church of Scotland has made a particular priority of working to develop a co-ordinated response to the issues affecting refugees and asylum seekers." "This international crisis requires a compassionate and generous response and we are pleased that in keeping with your priority to serve the poorest and most vulnerable, you are making such a valuable contribution." The Church however, still considers marriage as being between a man and a woman but allows congregations to "opt out" if they want to appoint a minister or deacon in a same-sex marriage or civil partnership. The Church's numbers have fallen however as a survey from April revealed that 52% of all people in Scotland now consider themselves atheists. More stories: Is this Charlie by Matthew Zink’s hottest photoshoot yet? Calling all slut-shamers: ‘There’s no such thing as too much sex’