Now the dust has settled: The Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Act 2014

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An examination of why the arguments against same-sex marriage failed to prevent the Act being passed; and an analysis of the precise legal effects of the Act. It analyses the arguments of the opponents to the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Act 2014, which extends the right to marry to same sex couples, and considers why they failed to convince the legislators. Assesses the likely impact of the Act by discussing its provisions: (1) making marriage gender neutral; (2) on the conversion of civil partnerships into marriage; (3) on the solemnisation of marriages and civil partnerships; (4) on the places where marriage and civil partnership ceremonies may be held; and (5) on other changes to the law of marriage and civil partnerships.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)135-163
Number of pages28
JournalJuridical Review
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • same-sex marriage
  • opposition to same-sex marriage
  • marriage law
  • Scottish parliamentary debates
  • making marriage gender neutral
  • conversion of civil partnership to marriage
  • religification of civil partnership
  • freedom of thought, conscience and religion
  • marriage celebrants
  • conscientious objection to same-sex marriage
  • place of marriage
  • recognition of overseas marriages and civil partnerships
  • transgender issues

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