While anti-gay attacks in Russia are gaining ground again, Scotland’s couples in civil partnerships can now convert them into official marriages, while the rest can give notice of their intention to wed, and thus be able to have their weddings starting Hogmanay.
BBC: Gay marriage law comes into effect in Scotland
Of course, those who would like to be ‘married’ in the eyes of most churches still can’t, but that’s a problem to be settled between themselves and their churches. The important thing is to have the law treat us as equals in the eyes of the state. (Incidentally, technically speaking this still hasn’t been achieved, as straight couples can’t enter into civil partnerships. But I’m told Peter Tatchell works on it…)