Marriage for same-sex couples - all welcome

Marriage for same-sex couples is now legal in England and Wales. The General Assembly was supportive of the introduction of equal marriage as the legislation went through Parliament and we worked with the Quakers and Liberal and Reform Judaism as well as other faith groups to provide a progressive religious response.

The Act provides for Churches and Chapels to "opt-in" to same-sex marriage and to appoint "authorised persons" to act as registrar and Unitarian places of worship have to go through the administrative process individually. 

You do not have to be a Unitarian to be married in a Unitarian Church or Chapel. One of our popular hymns is "All Are Welcome Here" and as an outward-looking faith we are generally open to approaches from couples who come seeking a spiritual or religious element for their marriage. This can be the more traditional ceremony or can incorporate rituals, words and music that are more meaningful to the couple. Do get in touch with the Church to explore whether or not a Unitarian service is for you.

The following congregations have been approved for same-sex marriage and further information and contact details can be found by using the "Find a Congregation" facility.

See updated list here.

Photo – Ed Fordham and Russell Eagling who were married at Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel on 5  July 2014.
Derek McAuley
Chief Officer