Our dear friend and longtime reader Caroline sends us news from Scotland, as reported in an article in Advocate.com, excerpted below:

In a bipartisan vote being hailed by advocates as a crucial first step toward enacting marriage equality in Scotland, members of the Scottish Parliament voted 98-15 to move an equal marriage bill forward to a parliamentary committee.

The vote, which took place Wednesday night in Scotland, essentially passed the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill on its first reading, allowing the legislation to move to the Parliament’s Equal Opportunities Committee, where lawmakers will consider amendments, before seeking a final vote from members of parliament, likely in early 2014. If the bill passes out of committee and through its third reading before the full parliament, same-sex couples could begin marrying in Scotland next year.

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