As same sex marriage in Scotland becomes a reality, BLM solicitor Nadine Martin highlights some of the new legislative provisions that practitioners should bear in mind when consulted on the effect of the Act.
Nadine’s article has been published in The Journal of the Law Society of Scotland.
With this Act, I thee wed
On 16 December 2014, the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Act 2014 comes into force. Its primary purpose is to make provision for the marriage of people of the same sex. If couples make the necessary arrangements, and many already have, the first marriage ceremonies between people of the same sex in Scotland will take place on 31 December 2014.
The Act does not create a “new institution” of marriage for people of the same sex; rather, it repeals legislation that previously excluded same-sex couples from participating in an institution only open to those of the opposite sex.
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