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Wedding bells 'symbol of hope' after coronavirus, says Highland MSP

By Hector MacKenzie

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THE sound of wedding bells ringing again will be a symbol of hope for the future, a Highland MSP said today.

Scottish Conservatives have successfully pushed to amend legislation in the Scottish Parliament paving the way for marriages to again take place.

Although there was no formal prevention in place, registrars had stopped taking weddings for fear of being overwhelmed by the volume of work in registering deaths.

Scottish Conservative MSP Adam Tomkins has had amendments to the coronavirus legislation accepted in Holyrood that will require steps to be taken to ensure weddings and civil partnerships can go ahead.

Ceremonies will have to be performed in accordance with attendance restrictions and social distancing measures—meaning there can be no quick return to large weddings parties.

But the Tories say the right to marry is a civil right and a balance needs to be struck between allowing people to get married, and keeping Coronavirus under control.

Highlands and Islands MSP Edward Mountain MSP said: “I am delighted that wedding bells can soon start to ring again in the Highlands and across Scotland.

There are many couples who want to take this next step in their lives, and now they will be able to. There are plenty of places in Scotland where couples can safely get married, with the required three other people in attendance, and a necessary social distance.

"This may seem like a small matter in the face of the continued crisis, but it is a symbol of hope for the future."

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