Scottish Episcopal church votes to allow same-sex weddings

Historic move hailed by gay rights activists could result in sanctions from 80 million-strong global Anglican Communion

Scottish Anglicans have voted overwhelmingly in favour of allowing same-sex couples to marry in church. The historic move sets the church on a potential collision course with the global Anglican communion and risks fracture within its own ranks.

The vote at the Scottish Episcopal church general synod makes it the first Anglican church in the UK to allow same-sex weddings, with the first ceremony likely to take place this autumn.

The move, which raises the prospect of gay Christians from England, Wales and Northern Ireland heading to Scotland for a church wedding, was hailed by gay rights campaigners.

Image:  Same-sex marriage was legalised in Scotland in 2014. Photograph: Mark Runnacles/Getty Images as used by The Guardian. More @ The Guardian.  


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