Gay Couples Are Flocking North to Wed in Scotland

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Byline: KIZZY TAYLOR

MORE than 140 gay couples have applied to tie the knot in Scotland when new laws allowing same-sex civil partnerships come into force next month.

Gay men and women are flocking to register offices north of the Border, according to new figures.

A total of 143 bookings for ceremonies have already been made, although the legislation does not take effect until December 5.

Scots designer duo Justin Ryan and Colin McAllister are among those who are planning to take advantage of the new legislation, which will allow gay couples the same rights as heterosexual couples have through marriage.

Couples will be able to transfer assets without taxation and will have succession rights if no will is available.

Edinburgh has been picked as the most popular destination, with a total of 59 couples seeking to say 'I do'.

A spokesman for City of Edinburgh Council said: 'We are thrilled that so many people have chosen our city to celebrate their special day.

'We are also pleased that the first civil partnership in Scotland will be performed in Edinburgh.' Glasgow was the next in the wedding list with a total of 30 couples, followed by Fife with 15 applications.

Perth and Kinross Council has received nine bookings for civil partnerships, which will take place on or after December 20. North Lanarkshire Council has received seven applications, while Aberdeen received five.

Scotland will be the first in the UK to carry out civil partnerships after officials misread the new legislation.

It means that same-sex couples will be allowed to tie the knot on December 20, a day earlier than in England and Wales.

Councillors Neil Fletcher and John Stewart, who serve alongside each other on the same local authority, will take the plunge just a couple of hours after another couple in Edinburgh. …