An Aberdeenshire church has voted to break away from the Scottish Episcopal Church due to differences in opinions concerning the definition of the concept of marriage within the church doctrine. The Scottish Episcopal Church has been facing a backlash since they agreed to approve same-sex church wedding, being the first mainstream Christian church to do so in 2017. The body faced a controversial ‘punishment’ from the global Anglican Communion, while a number of local churches urged to boycott the main church and to deviate from it because of such a policy. On January 17, 87 percent of parishioners voted for a break from the Scottish Episcopal Church, in a decision supported by Rev. Ian Ferguson, who stated that he was saddened and heartbroken to leave the position he had been taking for decades but he had no other choice. “People have different kinds of concerns about all kinds of things, and it’s not just one thing. This has been an ongoing matter where a number of us throughout Scotland have been concerned about the direction the SEC has been going in,” he wrote in a quitting statement.