Scottish church takes first step to gay marriage

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LONDON: The Scottish Episcopal Church on Friday became the first Anglican Church branch in Britain to take a step towards allowing gay marriage in church. A gathering of church leaders in Edinburgh voted that a change to remove from its laws the definition of marriage as being between a man and a woman should be sent for discussion to the church’s seven dioceses. The proposed reform would also introduce a “conscience clause” for those ministers who do not want to officiate a same-sex marriage, which has been legal in civil ceremonies in Scotland since 2014.The changes would then be put to another synod vote in 2017.

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