Finlay Carson MSP

Galloway and West Dumfries

Carson welcomes steps to allow marriage ceremonies to take place again

Finlay meeting

Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson has welcomed moves that will see the ban on marriages lifted during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP’s party colleague Adam Tomkins led the moves to amend the Emergency Coronavirus Legislation which will now ensure steps are taken to ensure weddings and civil partnerships can go ahead.

Although there was no formal ban, registrars had stopped taking bookings due to a fear of an overwhelming workload in relation to deaths due to the pandemic.

Mr Carson who has been engaged since late last year says the move is welcome and brings a bit of good news during these times.

Commenting Finlay Carson MSP said: “While getting married may seem like a small issue during the Covid-19 pandemic, this move to allow ceremonies to take part is a welcome bit of good news.

“Obviously any weddings or civil partnerships will have to take place in line with social distancing measures, but there are many places across Scotland where this can safely be done.

“I should declare an interest as someone who recently got engaged, and this has given my partner and I a little bit of hope that we can start to make more plans for our own ceremony!

“The moves led by my party colleague Adam Tomkins were welcome and can begin to allow couples to carry on with the next step in their lives.”