_80373856_80373854Two male witches in Edinburgh have tied the knot in the UK’s first pagan same-sex marriage. Tom Lanting, 34, and Iain Robertson, 39, were married in a ceremony in the 16th-century vaulted cellars of Edinburgh’s Marlin’s Wynd. The couple, who have been together for 12 years, are both hedge witches, who use herbal remedies to deal with medical and spiritual ailments. The ceremony included handfasting, the sharing of mead and jumping the broom. After their wedding on Sunday, the couple said: “Getting married in a legal pagan ceremony means so much to both of us. “The new equal marriage law means that we finally have equal recognition and acceptance of our relationship, and it opens the door for all LGBTI couples to take the same step.  “As hedge witches we always wanted to have a pagan marriage ceremony in line with our beliefs and it was really important to us to be able to share this ceremony with our friends and family.” Scotland is the only part of the UK that allows pagans, and other minority and religious belief bodies, to solemnise legal weddings. The Pagan Federation (Scotland) has been permitted to conduct weddings north of the border since 2005 and has carried out hundreds of ceremonies for mixed sex couples. Louise Park, the presiding officer for the Pagan Federation (Scotland), conducted the ceremony. She said: “Equality for people of all faiths is something that is very dear to the vast majority of pagans, and the Pagan Federation (Scotland) has made equal marriage for all pagans in Scotland one of our biggest campaigns over the last 10 years. “We feel that, if any couple wish to, they should be able to make their marriage vows before their own personal Gods, friends and family, in a religious ceremony tailored to suit their own beliefs. More