Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Jim Hume today welcomed the announcement that same sex couples will be able to marry in Scotland from Hogmanay this year as a big step forward for equality.
Mr Hume’s comments come after Ministers confirmed that New Year’s Eve 2014 will be the first day that same-sex marriages will be conducted in Scotland.
Commenting, Mr Hume said:
"Equal marriage was introduced in recognition of a very simple principle. It is wrong that people should be discriminated against simply because they love someone of the same sex. This is a welcome announcement that has not come before time.
"Hogmanay is a time to look back at the year gone by and look ahead to what the next 12 months will bring. This year, for the first time, same sex couples can look forward to enjoying the same marriage rights that heterosexual Scots have always taken for granted. It is a big step forwards for equality."