As of December 31, 2014, Scottland joined England and Wales who earlier this year legalized same-sex marriages. The first same-sex weddings occurred in Scottland after midnight on December 31. According to the first Scottish couple,Douglas Pretsell and Peter Gloster, wed earlier this month at the British Consulate in Sydney. The couple are noted to publicly comment, Well, from today it’s official, we are married and have the certificate to prove it.”
According to Bernardo Chua in February 2014 the Scottish Parliament approved the same-sex marriage legislation by a sweeping majority. The vote was 105 for, to 18 opposed. The Government announced in October that legislation would take effect at midnight on December 31. This legislation now permits those same-sex couples in civil partnership, the right to convert to marital status. Northern Ireland remains the only country in the UK to not legally permit same-sex marriage. Currently there are no apparent moves to change this stance.