Gerrie Douglas Scott. the co-owner of Reading Lasses in Wigtown, made history today when she and her partner Susan became the first same sex couple to get married in Scotland, with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon as a witness.
The new law on gay marriage came into effect in Scotland earlier this month and the wedding was held at 00:01 on Hogmanay in a private ceremony in Glasgow.
Nicola Sturgeon and Scottish Green Party co-convener Patrick Harvie MSP acted as witnesses at the marriage of Susan and Gerrie,
Gerrie Douglas-Scott, 59, ans Susan, 54, first met 18 years ago and have five grown up children. They had a civil partnership in March 2006.
The couple told BBC Scotland: “The couple said: “We are delighted that, at long last, after 18 years together, our love finally has the same recognition in law and society as all other married couples.
“As humanist celebrants ourselves we have had the privilege of marrying many hundreds of people over the last few years and so we know how special and important marriage is.
“Having Nicola Sturgeon and Patrick Harvie as our witnesses has been wonderful and we thank them from the bottom of our hearts not only for tonight but for everything they have done and will continue to do in support of LGBTI people.
“We are excited to be the first lesbians to have a legal marriage ceremony in Scotland. 2014 has been quite a year.”