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Marriage equality in Scotland bears fruit

Marriage equality in Scotland bears fruit

The first official same-sex wedding in an Anglican church in the UK has occurred at St John’s Edinburgh, a parish of the Scottish Episcopal Church.

Alistair Dinnie and Peter Matthews made history by becoming the first gay couple to tie the knot after the Church approved a measure adopting marriage equality at its synod in June.

The Rev Markus Dunzkofer, Rector of St John’s, told The Times he felt honored and blessed to have been able to oversee the union of Mr Matthews and Mr Dinnie, saying;

“I have blessed marriages in other Anglican provinces and always had to stop short of the vows. It felt like something was cut off, like something wasn’t right. Finally being able to do the whole thing felt like the fulfillment of where the spirit had been telling us to get to. It completely made sense, it all came together.”

The Primate’s are gathering next week in Canterbury, where advances for equality in Scotland are likely to be a hot topic.  Though with the absence of the Primates of Uganda and Nigeria (leaders of the traditional bloc) from the meeting, perhaps the Primates will be able to focus on more pressing issues of human suffering and oppression.



image: Alistair Dinnie and Peter Matthews are the first same-sex couple to tie the knot in a church in the UK , from the Independent



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Joan R. Gundersen

Except this was not the first Scottish Episcopal Church wedding of a same sex couple. The first was conducted by the rector of St. John’s in Edinburgh on August 1, 2017 at a hotel chapel in Dalhousie.

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