Scottish Episcopal Church says "We do"

Scottish Episcopal Church says "We do"

OneBodyOneFaith is delighted that the Scottish Episcopal Church's Synod has today voted to allow those ministers who wish to do so to conduct same-sex marriages in church.  Today represents the end of a long journey towards marriage equality in the SEC, by some remarkable courageous individuals, not least Changing Attitude Scotland's Kelvin Holdsworth and Beth Routledge, and it comes as answer to the prayers of many both in Scotland and south of the border.  

OneBody's Chief Executive Tracey Byrne said, 'We're thrilled for our brothers and sisters in Scotland, and rejoice that, whoever they happen to love, they can celebrate within their family of faith, and before God, the source of that love.  The whole of the church is enriched by sharing that joy and commitment'.

Commenting on press speculation that people might now seek to travel to Scotland to get married in church she said, 'Scotland has always been a popular wedding destination - it's lochs and castles take some beating - but the point is this: same-sex couples in England and Wales should have the opportunity to marry in their own place of worship, just like everyone else.  That would be real justice, and that's what we'll continue to work for.  Scotland have taken a brave step and shown us the way.  The Church of England should be watching closely'