Scotland legalizes gay marriage, becomes 17th country to do so

Scotland today became the 17th (I think) country to legalize gay marriages, according to the BBC.

The first weddings of gay couples could take place as early as this fall.

There’s been a whirlwind of change on the gay marriage issue in just the past few years in America and internationally.  Gay marriages were recently even permitted in Utah, for a few weeks at least.

As our own Becca Morn wrote in her year-end summary for 2013, In just the past year, we’ve gone from 10 states and DC that recognize gay unions to 17.

Gay couple gets married in New Jersey in 2013.

Gay couple gets married in New Jersey in 2013.

One of the first gay couples married in Utah in December of 2013.

One of the first gay couples married in Utah in December of 2013.

And internationally, we saw the UK, France, New Zealand, Brazil and Uruguay all legalize gay marriage.

France's first legally-wed gay couple share a kiss. Via FranceTVInfo.

France’s first legally-wed gay couple share a kiss. Via FranceTVInfo.\

Wikipedia has a bit more background on the international roundup, pre-Scotland:

Same-sex marriage is legally recognized nationwide in Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Iceland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden and Uruguay. In the United States, same-sex marriages are recognized on the federal level, though same-sex couples can only marry in sixteen of the fifty states and Washington D.C. In Mexico, same-sex marriages are only performed regularly in Mexico City and Quintana Roo, but these marriages are recognized by all Mexican states and by the Mexican federal government. Israel does not recognize same-sex marriages performed on its territory, but recognizes same-sex marriages performed in foreign jurisdictions.

While there have been setbacks, most notably in Africa and Russia, it’s an amazing time to be gay.

Photo credit: Gary Dunion.

Photo credit: Gary Dunion.

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27 Responses to “Scotland legalizes gay marriage, becomes 17th country to do so”

  1. numberninedc says:

    Look at this CDC graph:

    Gay men, who make up only 10% of the population, are responsible for over 75% of the syphilis cases. These are SCIENTIFIC facts.

    In other words, there is a damned good reason that people continue to be anti-gay. Gay behavior is dangerous to society.

  2. john says:

    sad news :(

  3. karmanot says:


  4. It’s actually #18. The first 17 countries are The Netherlands (2001); Belgium (2003); Spain and Canada (2005); South Africa (2006); Norway and Sweden (2009); Portugal, Iceland, and Argentina (2010); Denmark (2012); Brazil, France, Uruguay, and New Zealand (2013); and England and Wales (2014).

  5. OrliJoe in Fla says:

    Sweet! My partner and I were just in Spain and Portugal and they really don’t care, by and large. It’s so refreshing. We’re waiting until we can get married in our native Florida.

  6. Bill_Perdue says:

    Just downvote and move on.

  7. Bill_Perdue says:

    Terrific news.

    Our cousins in Ireland will have to run to catch up. Sharrock and Thistle.

    While the remnants of the Bill Clintons federal DOMA and George Bushs dozens of state DOMAs are in place we’ll won’t get marriage equality in the US anytime soon.

  8. jomicur says:

    Fantastic. And The Greatest Country in the World(TM) gets left in the dust still again.

  9. karmanot says:

    I just can’t help myself, but it’s not much fun anymore.

  10. karmanot says:

    Flaming here Mod 3, even on a slow day!

  11. Indigo says:

    That’s welcome news!

  12. Moderator3 says:

    Do you know how to get rid of bedbugs? You turn up the heat.

  13. BeccaM says:

    Certain stories bring ’em out of the woodwork. Clearly the Coke ad story was one of them. Then, once here, they tend to settle in like bedbugs, picking incoherent fights with the ‘libs’ they hate so very much.

  14. pappyvet says:

    I rarely reply to them. Depends on my temper and level of scotch intake. ;]

  15. Jordan Petersen says:

    Good to hear! Grats Scotland! Glad to say I have Scottish blood in me!

  16. pappyvet says:

    Is it just me or does there appear to be an increase in their number?

  17. karmanot says:

    That’s true Becca. I’ve let up on kicking their asses —–lost too many shoes! :-O

  18. karmanot says:

    Aye that!

  19. karmanot says:


  20. heimaey says:

    Ay cannae believe et.

  21. McMac says:

    it would sound like ‘Ah dae’

  22. McMac says:

    Great news and as Scots we have much to be proud of. Incidentally the UK didn’t legaiize gay marriage, only England and Wales and now Scotland. That leaves Northern Ireland as the only country in the UK that has no equality in this regard.

  23. BeccaM says:

    And especially when the xenophobes are roaming free-range style all over AmericaBlog’s comment sections… Most welcome indeed.

  24. Drew2u says:

    I’d rather imagine “I Do” in a Scottish kilt >_>

  25. S1AMER says:

    Now, imagine the sweet sound of “I Do” in a Scottish accent!

  26. Monophylos Fortikos says:

    GINGER: Where are you from?
    ROCKY: Oh, just a little place I like to call the land of the free and the home of the brave…
    MAC: Scotland!

  27. pappyvet says:

    Wonderful ! Great news when in other places the news is grim at best.

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