What you can do

Forced marriage and LGBT people

A forced marriage is where one or both of the people involved are forced into a marriage against their will and without their permission.

It is conducted without the consent of one or both people, and pressure or abuse is used. LGBT people can experience forced marriage. They may experience emotional pressure to get married, for example being made to feel that their sexual orientation or gender identity brings shame on the family.

"Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouse."
 

Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 16

If you are concerned about yourself or an individual then you can contact the Forced Marriage Helpline on 0800 027 1234. It is free and trained advisers are on hand 24 hours a day.

For further information please contact Stonewall Scotland on 0131 474 8019 or email info@stonewallscotland.org.uk.