The SNP are to form Scotland’s first ever majority government after their victory in yesterday’s election.

The party won a surprise majority with 65 seats in the 129-seat parliament. As of 5.30pm, some counts have yet to be declared.

This is the first time since the devolved government was formed in 1999 that a party has won an outright majority.

Leader Alex Salmond is on record for his support of marriage equality and the party’s election manifesto said it recognises the “range of views” on the issue and will open a consultation.

Daniel Donaldson, of the Equality Network, called for fast progress on the matter.

He told PinkNews.co.uk: “We were really pleased to see that the SNP manifesto contained a pledge to consult on marriage equality and that Alex Salmond also gave his personal support.

“We hope and expect that a consultation will now proceed quickly”