Scottish Episcopal Church

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Dioceses of the Scottish Episcopal Church
The Scottish Episcopal Church is the Anglican church in Scotland, part of the Anglican Communion and in full communion with the Church of England. Its existence, separate from the Church of Scotland' dates from the late 17th century, when the Church of Scotland finally abolished bishops. There are seven dioceses, each with its own bishop. There is no archbishop: the bishops elect one of themselves as "Primus".

LGBT issues

The church's General Synod has voted to consider changes to its marriage canon, which could lead to the church being able to celebrate same-sex weddings.[1] In June 2017 the Church voted to allow same-sex marriages to take place in church, in contrast to the Church of England which is prohibited by law from conducting same-sex weddings, and in opposition to the policy of the worldwide Anglican Communion.[2]

In August 2017 the church celebrated its first same-sex wedding.[3][4]


  1. "Statement following General Synod 2015", Changing Attitude Scotland. Accessed: 2015-12-11. (Archived by WebCite® at
  2. Harriet Sherman, Scottish Anglican church faces sanctions over vote to allow same-sex marriage, The Guardian, 27 September 2017.
  3. First same-sex Anglican church wedding takes place in Edinburgh, BBC News, 29 September 2017.
  4. Britain’s first Anglican same-sex marriage celebrated in a Scottish church, Religion News Service, 4 August 2017.