Scotland’s first same-sex marriages were conducted on the stroke of midnight as equal rights came into force from today.
While 250 couples converted their civil partnerships into marriage when the law came into effect earlier this month, it was not until today – 15 days after delivery of the standard notice required for marriages – that ceremonies could be conducted.
The landmark day has been welcomed by Moray Labour Councillor Sean Morton, who described the day as a “historic moment for our country on the road to equality”.
Councillor Morton, who will contest the Moray seat in May’s UK Elections, added: “More than that, it will simply be a happy day for many, many couples who have waited too long to commit to be able to commit to each other.
“I never imagined as a teenager that this day would ever come. For many people, gay marriage and homosexuality were once difficult to accept.
“But people all across the country have been on their personal journey and have come to value equality and see that love is love, no matter who you love.
“Homophobia still exists in our schools, homes and workplaces – and we’ll have to work hard to be rid of it. Today is one more nail in the coffin for intolerance though and that is definitely something to celebrate.”
One of the first ceremony’s was that of Susan and Gerrie Douglas-Scott, their ceremony on the stroke of midnight witnessed by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Green MSP Patrick Harvie.