The governor of a U.S. state embroiled in a legal row over gay marriage has urged Scotland's politicians to press ahead with equality legislation.
The advice from California's Jerry Brown comes as the Scottish government prepares to release details of its consultation into same-sex marriage.
Brown said it was important for politicians to lead on the issue.
First Minister Alex Salmond said he personally supported reform but he did not want opponents to "feel ignored."
In June 2008, the State of California allowed homosexual couples to get married.