The Church of Scotland’s first openly gay minister has entered into a civil partnership.

Rev Scott Rennie became Scotland’s first openly gay minister in 2009 when he was appointed to the Queen’s Cross church in Aberdeen.

At his service on Sunday, Rev Rennie informed his congregation of the civil partnership ceremony with his partner Dr David Smith, provoking a round of applause.

The Rev Rennie said: “We were very keen to have a private celebration, without the glare of publicity.

“It was a great day for us both, and we were delighted to celebrating it here in the city.

“I am very grateful to my congregation and many others in the city and beyond, for all their support and kindness over these last few years.”

It was Rev Rennie’s appointment to Queen’s Cross which triggered the current row over ministers in active same-sex relationships being allowed in the Church of Scotland.

Last month, the Church’s General Assembly passed a motion to allow the ordination and appointment of ministers in active same-sex relationships.

It was then announced up to ten congregations could leave the Kirk because of the decision.