Padiham Unitarian Chapel has become the first church in the Padiham-Burnley-Pendle area to gain approval to hold same-sex weddings.
The Minister, the Rev Jim Corrigall, said he was delighted the Church could now offer all couples the right to marry.
“We Unitarians have played a leading role in campaigns for equal marriage, alongside the Quakers and Liberal Jews. Unitarians have always championed tolerance and social justice. We’ve had women ministers for over 100 years, and we’ve been performing blessings for same-sex couples for more than 30 years.”
The Padiham Chapel now joins Rawtenstall Unitarian Church which became the first church in Rossendale Valley to be registered to conduct same-sex marriage ceremonies.
Legislation to allow equal marriage came into effect in 2014 in England, Wales and Scotland. Since then, more than 50 Unitarian churches and chapels have been given permission to conduct same-sex wedding ceremonies.