The Church of Scotland may soon offer support to marriage equality.
Same-sex marriage has been legal in Scotland since December 2014, but an exemption in the law means that individual churches are able to choose whether or not they want to perform such unions.
The Kirk’s General Assembly will gather in Edinburgh on Thursday 25 May to discuss how the church can approach same-sex marriage and also attempt to make amends with the LGBT+ community.
A report prepared for the General Assembly invites the church to apologise “individually and corporately” for discrimination that has been enforced by them in the past.
Moderator Designate the Reverend Dr Derek Browning said: “On Thursday afternoon the theological forum will be bringing a report to the General Assembly, and this year what they’re asking to do is for the assembly, first of all, to consider making an apology to the gay community for things that have have been said in the past and the assembly will have to make up its mind on that.
“But also it’s going to be asking our legal questions committee to see what the issues are round about allowing ministers to perform same sex marriage if they choose to do so, and equally for safeguards for those who, for conscience sake, feel that this is not something they can do.”
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