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Wedding bells will be ringing in Scotland soon for same-sex couples. Over the weekend the Church of Scotland carried a motion to legalize same-sex marriage in a 345 to 170 vote.
Church officials were expectantly split on the motion. "I am pleased we have reached this point and I have already had reaction from parents of people in same-sex relationships who are overwhelmed that the church accepts that God loves them," said Bryan Kerr, minister of Greyfriars Parish Church in Lanark, according to Attitude.
"This has not been a happy or peaceful process people are largely weary and tired of this debate," said Reverend Mark Malcolm, minster of Chryston Parish Church in Glasgow. "They just want to get on with what it means to be the church and proclaim the gospel. The 2:1 majority does indeed seem like people were ready to get on with things.