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.






Birmingham   Ladywood   Unitarian New Meeting
Blackpool   South Shore   Blackpool Unitarian Church
Bolton   Bolton   Bank Street Chapel
Bolton   Turton   Walmsley Unitarian Chapel
Bradford and Keighley   Bradford   Bradford Unitarian Church
Brighton and Hove   Brighton   Brighton Unitarian Church
Bristol   Bristol   Unitarian Meeting, Brunswick Square
Bury   Bury   Bury Unitarian Church
Bury   Whitefield   Stand Unitarian Chapel
Calderdale   Todmorden   Todmorden Unitarian Church
Cambridgeshire   Cambridge   The Memorial Church (Unitarian)
Ceredigion   Lampeter   Brondeifi Unitarian Chapel
Ceredigion   Llandysul   Capel y Graig Chapel
Ceredigion   Pontsian   Llwynrhydowen Unitarian Chapel
Cheshire East   Knutsford   Brook Street Chapel
Cheshire East   Macclesfield   King Edward Street Chapel
Cheshire East   Styal   Norcliffe Chapel
Cheshire East   Wilmslow   Dean Row Chapel
Cumbria   Kendal   Kendal Unitarian Chapel
Derbyshire   Chesterfield   Elder Yard Chapel
Derbyshire   Great Hucklow   The Old Chapel (Unitarian)
Derbyshire   Belper   Belper Unitarian Chapel
Devon   Cullompton   Pound Square Unitarian Chapel
Devon   Sidmouth   Old Dissenting Meeting House
Doncaster   Doncaster   Unitarian and Free Christian Church
Dorset   Bridport   The Chapel In The Garden
Gloucestershire   Cheltenham   Unitarian Church
Hull   Hull   Hull Unitarian Church
Isle of Wight   Newport   Unitarian Chapel
Kent   Maidstone   Maidstone Unitarian Church
Kent   Bessel's Green   Old Meeting House
Lancashire   Padiham   Nazareth Chapel
Lancashire   Rawtenstall   Rawtenstall Unitarian Church
Leeds   Leeds   Mill Hill Chapel
Leicestershire   Hinckley   Great Meeting
London   Croydon   Croydon Unitarian & Free Christian Church
London   Hackney   Newington Green Chapel (New Unity)
London   Hampstead   Rosslyn Hill Chapel
London   Islington   Unity Church (New Unity)
London   Kensington   Essex Church (Kensington Unitarians)
London   Lewisham   Lewisham Unitarian Meeting
London   Stratford   Stratford Unitarian Free Christian Church
Lincolnshire   Lincoln   Lincoln Unitarian Chapel
Liverpool   Gateacre   Gateacre Chapel
Liverpool   Sefton Park   Ullet Road Unitarian Church
Manchester   Chorlton   Chorlton Unitarian Church
Manchester   Manchester   Cross Street Chapel
Medway   Chatham   Unitarian Christian Church
Neath Port Talbot   Trebanos   Gellionnen Unitarian Chapel
Norfolk   Norwich   Octagon Unitarian Chapel
Norfolk   Great Yarmouth   Old Meeting Unitarian Church
North Yorkshire   Whitby   Flowergate Old Chapel
Northamptonshire   Northampton   Northampton Unitarians Meeting House
Nottinghamshire   Mansfield   Old Meeting House Unitarian Chapel
Oxfordshire   Oxford   The Chapel, Harris Manchester College (for those with connections to the College and/or The Manchester College Oxford Chapel Society)
Plymouth   Plymouth   Unitarian Chapel
Rhondda Cynon Taf   Aberdare   Highland Place Unitarian Church
Rochdale   Rochdale   Rochdale Unitarian Church
Salford   Eccles   Monton Church
Sheffield   Sheffield   Fulwood Old Chapel
Sheffield   Bradfield   Underbank Chapel
Sheffield   Sheffield   Upper Chapel
Shropshire   Shrewsbury   Shrewsbury Unitarian Church
Somerset   Crewkerne   Crewkerne Unitarian Chapel

South Gloucestershire

  Frenchay   Frenchay Chapel
Southampton   Southampton   The Edmund Kell Unitarian Church
Staffordshire   Newcastle-under-lyme   The Unitarian Meeting House
Stockton-on-Tees   Stockton-on-Tees   Stockton-on-Tees Unitarian Church
Suffolk   Bury St Edmunds   The Unitarian Meeting House, Bury St Edmunds 
Suffolk   Framlingham   Framlingham Unitarian Meeting House
Suffolk   Ipswich   St Nicholas Old Meeting House
Surrey   Godalming   Meadrow Unitarian Chapel
Swansea   Swansea   Swansea Unitarian Church
Tameside   Dukinfield   Old Chapel (Unitarian)
Tameside   Denton   New Chapel (Unitarian and Free Christian)
Trafford   Altrincham   Dunham Road Chapel
Wakefield   Wakefield   Westgate Chapel
Warrington   Warrington   Cairo Street Chapel
Warwickshire   Warwick   High Street Chapel
West Sussex   Billinghurst   Billinghurst Unitarian Chapel
West Sussex   Horsham   Horsham Unitarian Church
Wigan and Leigh   Atherton   Chowbent Unitarian Chapel
Worcestershire   Hollywood   Kingswood Meeting House
Worcestershire   Evesham   Oat Street Unitarian Chapel
Worcestershire   Kidderminster   New Meeting House, Kidderminster
York   York   St Saviourgate Unitarian Chapel



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.