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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy Hogmanay! Add Scotland To the List

Marriages started at midnight in Scotland, bringing the list of countries that recognize same-sex marriage to -- hmm, I've lost count. OK, according to Freedom to Marry,

Eighteen countries have approved the freedom to marry for same-sex couples nationwide (Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Canada, South Africa, Norway, Sweden, Portugal, Iceland, Argentina, Denmark, France, Brazil, Uruguay, New Zealand, Britain, Luxembourg and Finland), while two others have regional or court-directed provisions enabling same-sex couples to share in the freedom to marry (Mexico and the United States).

So Scotland makes it nineteen with nationwide recognition.

Here's the story on the first same-sex wedding in Scotland -- a humanist wedding, no less.

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