The government said that legalising same sex marriage was the right thing to do, however Scotland’s two main churches were opposed to it.
The first gay and lesbian weddings could take place this autumn.
Religious and belief bodies can “opt in” to perform same-sex marriages.
Ministers said no part of the religious community would be forced to hold such ceremonies in churches.
Key measures in the Scottish government’s bill include:
- Religious and belief bodies opt in to perform same-sex marriage.
- Introducing religious and belief ceremonies to register civil partnerships.
- Amended guidance on the teaching of the issue in schools.
- Allowing transgender people to stay married, rather than having to get divorced, when obtaining a Gender Recognition Certificate.
- And an intention to recognise same-sex marriages registered elsewhere in the UK and overseas.