Marriage in Scotland

Marriage in Scotland

Overview

In the UK, marriage is a legal union between two people that is recognized by the state. It can take place in a number of different forms, including:

- Civil marriage: This is a marriage that is performed by a civil celebrant, such as a registrar, and is not connected to any particular religion.

- Religious marriage: This is a marriage that is performed by a religious celebrant, such as a priest or rabbi, and is conducted according to the rituals and beliefs of that particular religion.

- Same-sex marriage: This is a marriage between two people of the same gender, which has been legally recognized in the UK since 2014.

- Polygamous marriage: This is a marriage between more than two people. While polygamy is not legally recognized in the UK, some people may enter into polygamous marriages that are recognized by their religious or cultural communities.

It is important to note that marriage in the UK is regulated by law, and there are certain requirements that must be met in order for a marriage to be legally recognized. These requirements vary depending on the type of marriage being entered into and the circumstances of the individuals involved.

The Scottish bill provides for religious or belief-based civil partnership ceremonies. Religious civil partnership ceremonies are already possible in England and Wales, but often a civil registrar needs to be present to handle the document signing. In Scotland, the religious celebrant will oversee the entire ceremony, including the document signing.

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