Out actor John Barrowman says he's proud of a kiss between himself and a male dancer at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in July.

The married actor (Torchwood) said he was proud of the message the kiss sent to the Commonwealth countries which still prohibit gay relations, currently 42 out of 53.

“Oh, I felt great about it, because it was a scripted thing that was in there,” he told reporters at the National Lottery Awards. “We'd been rehearsing it and I'm glad that it raised everybody's awareness.”

“I think it's like 80% of the Commonwealth countries where gay marriage and being gay is illegal,” Barrowman said.

“We did it to show that Scotland is proud of the gay community, of gay marriage, of equality for everybody,” not to create controversy, he added.

A law allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry in Scotland will come into force by the end of 2014.