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PHOTOS: Scotland Rings In First Same-Sex Weddings

PHOTOS: Scotland Rings In First Same-Sex Weddings

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The law establishing full marriage equality took effect Wednesday in Scotland.

Same-sex couples in Scotland were able to start tying the knot Wednesday, as the law passed in March establishing legal marriage equality there went into effect. Couples have been able to enter civil partnerships since 2005, but now they can marry thanks to the update to the laws.

Marriage equality is currently legal in England and Wales, however the Northern Ireland administration has no plans to make it law.

Joe Schofield and Malcolm Brown from Tullibody, Clackmannanshire were married in a humanist ceremony at Trades Hall shortly after midnight in front of friends and family in one of the first same-sex weddings on December 31 in Glasgow. Scotland's national poet Liz Lochhead and Scottish government minister Marco Biagi MSP attended the ceremony, BBC News reports.

Here are photos from the celebration:

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