Scotland’s First Same-Sex Wedding Ceremonies Lead us in to the New Year!



Scotland’s first same-sex wedding ceremonies took place yesterday, as the clock struck midnight. LGBT Youth Scotland joined the celebrations, attending the wedding of Joe Schofield and Malcolm Brown.

Joe and Malcolm are one of the fist groomsmen duets to walk down the isle in our history. One of 17 couples to marry on hogmanay.

MSP’s passed the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill in February, making Scotland the 17th country in the world to legalise same-sex ceremonies.

Mr Schofield, a public health worker, and Mr Brown, a former DJ, both from Tullibody in Clackmananshire, have been together for nine years and were married by humanist celebrant Ross Wright at the Trades Hall, Glasgow.

Joe and Malcolm said: "We are very proud to be one of the first couples in Scotland to be able to officially call ourselves husband and husband.

"This is an amazing chapter in Scotland's history which we are all witnessing and can be proud of.

"Scotland is leading the way in fairness and equality for all, and we would like to thank all those who campaigned so tirelessly for this change."

Scots Makar Liz Lochhead and local government and community empowerment minister Marco Biagi acted as witnesses for Mr Schofield and Mr Brown.

Mr Biagi said: "With a new year nearly upon us, there really is no better way to celebrate than by watching these two people get married and make that lifelong commitment to each other". 

Hugh Torrance, Youth Work Director, LGBT Youth Scotland said:

“It was an absolute privilege to be part of this special celebration. There is undoubtedly more to be done to continue to improve the lives of LGBT people, but today marks a significant step forward towards a fairer, more tolerant and equal Scotland.

“We wish all same-sex couples getting married today, a happy new year, and all the very best for the future”.