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. Further information and contact details can be found by using the "Find a Congregation" facility.

County

 

Location

 

Church

Bristol   Bristol   Unitarian Meeting, Brunswick Square
Bristol   Bristol   Frenchay Chapel
Cambridgeshire   Cambridge   The Memorial Church (Unitarian)
Ceredigion   Lampeter   Brondeifi Unitarian Chapel
Cheshire   Knutsford   Brook Street Chapel, Knutsford
Cheshire   Macclesfield   King Edward Street Chapel, Macclesfield
Cheshire   Wilmslow   Dean Row Chapel, Wilmslow
County Durham   Stockton-on-Tees   Stockton Unitarian Church
Cumbria   Kendal   Kendal Unitarian Chapel
Derbyshire   Belper   Belper Unitarian Chapel
Devon   Cullompton   Pound Square Unitarian Chapel, Cullompton
Devon   Plymouth   Plymouth Unitarian Church
Devon   Sidmouth   Old Meeting, Sidmouth
Dorset   Bridport   Bridport Unitarian Chapel
East Yorkshire   Hull   Hull Unitarian Church
Gloucestershire   Cheltenham   Cheltenham & Gloucester Unitarians, Bayshill Unitarian Church
Greater Manchester   Altrincham   Dunham Road Unitarian Chapel
Greater Manchester   Denton   New Chapel (Unitarian and Free Christian)
Greater Manchester   Dukinfield   Old Chapel
Greater Manchester   Eccles   Monton Church
Greater Manchester   Manchester   Cross Street Chapel
Hampshire   Portsmouth   John Pounds Memorial Unitarian Church, Portsmouth
Kent   Chatham   Chatham Unitarians
Kent   Maidstone   Maidstone Unitarian Church
Lancashire   Bolton   Bank Street Chapel (Unitarian)
Lancashire   Bolton   Walmsley Unitarian Chapel, Egerton
Lancashire   Rawtenstall   Rawtenstall Unitarian Church
Lancashire   Rochdale   Rochdale Unitarian Church
Leicestershire   Hinckley   Great Meeting
London   London, Croydon   Croydon Unitarian & Free Christian Church
London   London, Hackney   Newington Green Chapel (New Unity)
London   London, Hampstead   Rosslyn Hill Chapel
London   London, Kensington & Chelsea   Kensington Unitarians
London   London, Lewisham   Lewisham Unitarian Meeting
London   London, Stratford   Stratford Unitarian Free Christian Church
Lincolnshire   Lincoln   Lincoln Unitarian Chapel
Merseyside   Liverpool   Gateacre Chapel
Norfolk   Norwich   Octagon Chapel
Northamptonshire   Northampton   Northampton Unitarians Meeting House
North Yorkshire   Whitby   Flowergate Old Chapel, Whitby
North Yorkshire   York   St Saviourgate Unitarian Chapel
Nottinghamshire   Mansfield   Mansfield Old Meeting House Unitarian Chapel
Oxfordshire   Oxford   The Chapel, Harris Manchester College (for those who connections to the College and/or The Manchester College Oxford Chapel Society)
Rhondda Cynon Taf   Aberdare   Highland Place Unitarian Church
Shropshire   Shrewsbury   Shrewsbury Unitarian Church
Somerset   Crewkerne   Crewkerne Unitarian Chapel
South Yorkshire   Chesterfield   Elder Yard Unitarian Chapel
South Yorkshire   Sheffield   Fulwood Old Chapel
South Yorkshire   Sheffield   Upper Chapel, Norfolk St
Staffordshire   Newcastle-under-lyme   Old Meeting House
Suffolk   Bury St Edmunds   Bury St Edmunds Unitarian Meeting House
Suffolk   Framlingham   Framlingham Unitarian Meeting House
Suffolk   Ipswich   Ipswich Unitarian Meeting House
Surrey   Godalming   Unitarian Chapel, Meadrow
Sussex   Brighton   Brighton Unitarian Church
Sussex   Horsham   Horsham Unitarian Church
Swansea (Abertawe)   Swansea   Gellionnen Unitarian Chapel
Warwickshire   Warwick   Warwick Unitarian Chapel
West Midlands   Birmingham   Unitarian New Meeting, Edgbaston
West Yorkshire   Leeds   Mill Hill Chapel
West Yorkshire   Wakefield   Westgate Chapel (Unitarian)
Worcestershire   Bromsgrove   Kingswood Meeting House
Worcestershire   Evesham   Oat Street Unitarian Chapel, Evesham
Worcestershire   Kidderminster   New Meeting House, Kidderminster

 

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.