At 6:37 pm on February 4, 2014, Scotland became the seventeenth country in the world to legalize marriage equality after a final vote by the Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSP), which was overwhelmingly in support of the Marriage and Civil Partnerships (Scotland) Bill.
A live blog of the debate from Pink News recorded the final tally as 105 votes in favor of the bill, and only 18 against.
One MSP, Jackie Baillie, was quoted as saying, “This is about a nation that cherishes love. We are not redefining marriage, we are extending the eligibility for marriage.”
The director of Stonewall Scotland, Colin Macfarlane, said in a press release, “This a truly historic moment for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Scotland. We’re delighted that MSPs have overwhelmingly demonstrated that they’re committed to building a Scotland fit for the 21st century.
“We’re also hugely grateful to the thousands of Stonewall supporters who have played a big part by contacting their MSPs to show their support. We’ll now be lobbying the Scottish Government to ensure that the first marriages take place in Scotland within months of the Act receiving Royal Assent.”
A look at Pink News’ live blog shows a seeming non sequitur; at 17.24 (5:24 pm), the record simply states “The aforementioned rainbow from earlier today,” and shows a picture of a rainbow. Several outlets reported that as MSPs debated the legislation, a rainbow appeared in the skies—directly over the Holyrood parliament.
One source, Gay Star News, called the rainbow “too perfect.”
GSN’s article also addresses those still against such legislation: “If you do consider yourself to be a religious bigot who hates the idea of gays getting married, please do just one thing.
“Take a look at that rainbow, and ask yourself if maybe you are wrong?”