Same-Sex marriage

England and Wales

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.

Congregations below have been approved for same-sex marriage. They may be listed by town or county depending upon the local authority marriage registration district. Further information and contact details can be found by using the "Find a Congregation" facility.


Location

 

Church

Bolton

 

Bank Street Chapel (Unitarian)

Bolton

 

Walmsley Unitarian Chapel, Egerton

Bristol

 

Unitarian Meeting, Brunswick Square

Bristol

 

Frenchay Chapel

Bromsgrove, Worcestershire

 

Kingswood Meeting House

Cambridge

 

The Memorial Church (Unitarian)

Cheshire East

 

Brook Street Chapel, Knutsford

Cheshire East

 

King Edward Street Chapel, Macclesfield

Cumbria

 

Kendal Unitarian Chapel

Derbyshire

 

Belper Unitarian Chapel

Devon

 

Old Meeting, Sidmouth

Devon

 

Plymouth Unitarian Church

Devon

  Pound Square Unitarian Chapel, Cullompton

Dorset

 

Bridport Unitarian Chapel

East Cheshire

 

Dean Row Chapel, Wilmslow

East Sussex

 

Brighton Unitarian Church

Gloucestershire

 

Cheltenham & Gloucester Unitarians, Bayshill Unitarian Church

Hull

 

Hull Unitarian Church

Lancashire, Rossendale

 

Rawtenstall Unitarian Church

Leeds, West Yorkshire

 

Mill Hill Chapel

Leicestershire, Hinckley                

 

Great Meeting

Lincoln

 

Lincoln Unitarian Chapel

Liverpool

 

Gateacre Chapel

London, Hackney

 

Newington Green Chapel (New Unity)

London, Hampstead

 

Rosslyn Hill Chapel

London, Kensington & Chelsea

 

Kensington Unitarians

London, Lewisham

 

Lewisham Unitarian Meeting

London Newham

 

Stratford Unitarian Free Christian Church

Manchester                    

 

Cross Street Chapel

Medway, Kent

 

Chatham Unitarians

Norfolk, Norwich

 

Octagon Chapel

Northamptonshire, Northampton

 

Northampton Unitarians Meeting House

North Yorkshire

 

Flowergate Old Chapel, Whitby

Oxfordshire

 

The Chapel, Harris Manchester College (for those who connections to the College and/or The Manchester College Oxford Chapel Society)

Portsmouth

 

John Pounds Memorial Unitarian Church, Portsmouth

Rhondda Cynon Taf, Aberdare

 

Highland Place Unitarian Church

Rochdale

 

Rochdale Unitarian Church

Tameside, Denton

 

New Chapel (Unitarian and Free Christian)

Tameside, Dukinfield                  

 

Old Chapel  (Currently out of use for major repairs)

Trafford, Altrincham

 

Dunham Road Unitarian Chapel

Sheffield

 

Upper Chapel

Shropshire

 

Shrewsbury Unitarian Church

Somerset

 

Crewkerne Unitarian Chapel

Staffordshire, Newcastle-under-lyme

 

Old Meeting House

Suffolk

 

Bury St Edmunds Unitarian Meeting House

Suffolk

 

Framlingham Unitarian Meeting House

Suffolk

 

Ipswich Unitarian Meeting House

Surrey, Godalming

 

Unitarian Chapel, Meadrow

Swansea

 

Gellionnen Unitarian Chapel

Wakefield

 

Westgate Chapel (Unitarian)

Warwickshire

 

Warwick Unitarian Chapel

West Sussex

 

Horsham Unitarian Church

Worcestershire

 

Oat Street Unitarian Chapel, Evesham

York

 

St Saviourgate Unitarian Chapel

 

Scotland

The Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Act 2014 was passed in the Scottish Parliament early in 2014 making Equal Marriage possible from 16 December 2014.

Scottish Unitarians are proud to have been at the forefront of the campaign for Equal Marriage.

Unitarian celebrants at the Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Dundee and Glasgow Churches welcome all couples who wish to be married or to receive a blessing in our churches or at other venues (as the law in Scotland does not restrict religious marriage to specific buildings).


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