A bill allowing same-sex weddings to take place in Scotland has been passed by MSPs in the Scottish Parliament yesterday.

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MSPs voted by 105 to 18 in favour of the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill, which will allow gay and lesbian couples to wed as soon as this coming October.

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Currently, same-sex couples in Scotland have the option to enter into civil partnership, but the bill was brought forward because as it is seen as an 'important step in equality.'

Despite wide support for the bill, Scotland's two main churches - the Scottish Catholic Church and Church of Scotland - have been and continue to oppose it.

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According to the bill, religious and belief bodies can 'opt in' to perform the marriages and will not be forced to hold such ceremonies in churches if they do not wish to do so.

England and Wales are due to host the first same-sex weddings at the end of March, having recently passed legislation in Westminster.

By the end of 2014, Northern Ireland is expected to be the only part of the UK that does not allow same-sex marriage. 

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