The Scottish Episcopal Church has voted to allow gay couples to have church weddings.
It is the first mainstream Christian faith in the UK to open marriage to all of its members.
‘The step we have taken today is a momentous one,’ said the Most Reverend David Chillingworth, head of the Scottish Episcopal Church, in a statement.
‘By removing gender from our marriage canon, our church now affirms, as its official position, that same-sex couples are not just married, but are married in the sight of God.’
The Church voted to amend canon law on marriage today (8 June) on their Synod in Edinburgh.
They voted in favor of removing the note that marriage is between a man and a woman.
Gay Christians from any Anglican Church denomination can now ask to be married in a Scottish Anglican Church.
Clergy have to ‘opt-in’ to marrying gay couples.
This is to protect those who do not wish to officiate same-sex couples unions or be forced into acting against their conscience.
Stonewall Scotland tweeted their congratulations shortly after the news broke.
We're delighted that the Scottish Episcopal Church has voted to allow same-sex couples to marry. This will mean a lot to so many couples!— Stonewall Scotland (@StonewallScot) June 8, 2017
‘We’re delighted that the Scottish Episcopal Church has voted to allow same-sex couples to marry,’ they said.
’This will mean a lot to so many couples!’