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Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Act 2014

Chapter 4 – Same sex marriage: protection of freedom of expression etc.
Section 16: Same sex marriage: protection of freedom of expression etc.

95.This section provides that the introduction of same sex marriage does not affect:


the exercise of rights of anyone to freedom of thought, conscience, religion and freedom of expression which have been conferred by the European Convention on Human Rights; and


the exercise of any equivalent rights conferred on anyone by the common law.

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