Bolton's first same sex marriages booked

A TOWN centre chapel is celebrating bookings being made for same sex civil partnership ceremonies — months after it became the second church in Greater Manchester to be licensed to perform the services.

Bank Street Unitarian Chapel became only one of only about 20 in the country to apply for and be granted the right to perform ceremonies for gay couples.

Two couples, who are both thought to be from Bolton, have booked ceremonies in March and September next year.

The chapel applied to be become licensed after legislation was changed two years ago and was given the go-ahead in December.

Stephen Lingwood, the church’s minister, said the licence being granted was a justice for which Unitarians had been fighting for decades.

He said: “Both couples who have booked the ceremonies aren’t members of the chapel but searched the internet and found us.

“One couple in particular said a religious wedding was something that was important to them.

“We are really proud. We are an inclusive community. Part of what we are about is being inclusive and liberal. We welcome all people.”

He said members of the church discussed what marriage meant to them last year and it was agreed that all couples should be treated equally.”

Mr Lingwood is now keeping a close eye on the recent passing of the same sex marriage bill through parliament and hopes Bank Street Unitarian Chapel will one day be able to conduct same sex marriages.

The same six civil partnership ceremonies enable couples to have prayers, whereas registry offices and hotels, which most commonly offer the ceremonies, are unable to include religious elements.

Earlier this month MPs voted by 366 votes to 161 to pass the marriage (same sex couples) bill at its third reading. It will now go to the House of Lords for further scrutiny.

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6:22am Sun 9 Jun 13

sabian says...

Goverment Will In The Future Ban The Term Marriage,And It Will Become A Partnership Between To People,I Am Divorced But Support Marriage As A Christian Ritual Ceremony,What I Find Strange Is All The Gay People I Know,Don't Wont To Be Classed Married.I Like To Keep My Comment Simple,As I Am Dyslexic.Goreseer
Goverment Will In The Future Ban The Term Marriage,And It Will Become A Partnership Between To People,I Am Divorced But Support Marriage As A Christian Ritual Ceremony,What I Find Strange Is All The Gay People I Know,Don't Wont To Be Classed Married.I Like To Keep My Comment Simple,As I Am Dyslexic.Goreseer sabian

11:33am Sun 9 Jun 13

underwater says...

How can a religious ceremony be important to these people when what they are doing is WRONG.
How can a religious ceremony be important to these people when what they are doing is WRONG. underwater

11:41am Sun 9 Jun 13

Reality50 says...

Its no wonder the Anglican and Catholic church congregations are dwindling year on year.The Church is increasingly shying away from tradition and is out of kilter with the masses. Gay marriage is wrong and to allow it is shameful.I can just about tolerate civil partnerships in law but gay marriage in a religious place of worship is sickening. The Church has sold all decent people down the river.It had a chance to fight Cameron to the death on this issue but submitted instead to political correctness. The Church's attitude and tolerance towards Islam and its twisted ideology already had the Church in my bad books anyway.It seems to be that the Church is now basically a left wing institution. I am not an atheist but my faith in the Church has completely gone the past few years.
Its no wonder the Anglican and Catholic church congregations are dwindling year on year.The Church is increasingly shying away from tradition and is out of kilter with the masses. Gay marriage is wrong and to allow it is shameful.I can just about tolerate civil partnerships in law but gay marriage in a religious place of worship is sickening. The Church has sold all decent people down the river.It had a chance to fight Cameron to the death on this issue but submitted instead to political correctness. The Church's attitude and tolerance towards Islam and its twisted ideology already had the Church in my bad books anyway.It seems to be that the Church is now basically a left wing institution. I am not an atheist but my faith in the Church has completely gone the past few years. Reality50

11:51am Sun 9 Jun 13

Hollieanne says...

The Catholic church is vehemently opposed to this and there was a petition against it. However, David Cameron is hell bent on pushing it through. I can see that there is a need for civil partnerships and fully support this but NOT marriage in any religious establishment. It demeans the concept of marriage being between one man and one woman. As has been said previously how can anyone expect to be married in church when they do not comply with the rules of that institution?
The Catholic church is vehemently opposed to this and there was a petition against it. However, David Cameron is hell bent on pushing it through. I can see that there is a need for civil partnerships and fully support this but NOT marriage in any religious establishment. It demeans the concept of marriage being between one man and one woman. As has been said previously how can anyone expect to be married in church when they do not comply with the rules of that institution? Hollieanne

1:58pm Sun 9 Jun 13

boltonnut says...

I hope I don't get in trouble by writing part of a poem by the Islamic poet Abu Nuwas,the poem is titled O THE JOY OF SODOMY. Make for the smooth faced boys and do your very best to mount them,for women are the mounts of devils.I think there's a bit of AC_DC in every race and religion,Live and let live lest ye be the one to cast the first stone.
I hope I don't get in trouble by writing part of a poem by the Islamic poet Abu Nuwas,the poem is titled O THE JOY OF SODOMY. Make for the smooth faced boys and do your very best to mount them,for women are the mounts of devils.I think there's a bit of AC_DC in every race and religion,Live and let live lest ye be the one to cast the first stone. boltonnut

3:26pm Sun 9 Jun 13

sabian says...

In This Country It Is Legal To Practice Witch Craft,Or Any Other Occult,The State Will Cover Up All The Evils,Including Deaths,So Why Not Gay Marriage,Today Man To Man, Woman To Woman, Tomorrow Who knows,Gore Seer.
In This Country It Is Legal To Practice Witch Craft,Or Any Other Occult,The State Will Cover Up All The Evils,Including Deaths,So Why Not Gay Marriage,Today Man To Man, Woman To Woman, Tomorrow Who knows,Gore Seer. sabian

3:30pm Sun 9 Jun 13

piszoff says...

They keep harping on about this fictitious god. Do they think he cares, got enough problem sorting the wars and world hunger out.
They keep harping on about this fictitious god. Do they think he cares, got enough problem sorting the wars and world hunger out. piszoff

4:13pm Sun 9 Jun 13

BWFC71 says...

1. Homosexuality has lasted longer than teh - infact the Church actually accepted it until 200 years ago - therefore for at least 1700 years of allowing same-sex relationships and marriage!!!!

2. Homosexuality is natural - it even happens in the animal world - wait, we are animals!!!!

3. What are people frightened of when it comes to talking about same sex marriages?

4. There are more rligions out in this world that accept same sex relationships, in fact there are many cultures that accpet same sex relationships.

People who degrade or frightened of all this are pathetic and, in reality, are unsure of their own sexuality!
1. Homosexuality has lasted longer than teh - infact the Church actually accepted it until 200 years ago - therefore for at least 1700 years of allowing same-sex relationships and marriage!!!! 2. Homosexuality is natural - it even happens in the animal world - wait, we are animals!!!! 3. What are people frightened of when it comes to talking about same sex marriages? 4. There are more rligions out in this world that accept same sex relationships, in fact there are many cultures that accpet same sex relationships. People who degrade or frightened of all this are pathetic and, in reality, are unsure of their own sexuality! BWFC71

5:46pm Sun 9 Jun 13

Donkey Stone says...

BWFC71 wrote:
1. Homosexuality has lasted longer than teh - infact the Church actually accepted it until 200 years ago - therefore for at least 1700 years of allowing same-sex relationships and marriage!!!!

2. Homosexuality is natural - it even happens in the animal world - wait, we are animals!!!!

3. What are people frightened of when it comes to talking about same sex marriages?

4. There are more rligions out in this world that accept same sex relationships, in fact there are many cultures that accpet same sex relationships.

People who degrade or frightened of all this are pathetic and, in reality, are unsure of their own sexuality!
"If you don't agree with homosexual practises you are unsure of your own sexuality" now who is pathetic?
[quote][p][bold]BWFC71[/bold] wrote: 1. Homosexuality has lasted longer than teh - infact the Church actually accepted it until 200 years ago - therefore for at least 1700 years of allowing same-sex relationships and marriage!!!! 2. Homosexuality is natural - it even happens in the animal world - wait, we are animals!!!! 3. What are people frightened of when it comes to talking about same sex marriages? 4. There are more rligions out in this world that accept same sex relationships, in fact there are many cultures that accpet same sex relationships. People who degrade or frightened of all this are pathetic and, in reality, are unsure of their own sexuality![/p][/quote]"If you don't agree with homosexual practises you are unsure of your own sexuality" now who is pathetic? Donkey Stone

5:50pm Sun 9 Jun 13

Donkey Stone says...

BWFC71 wrote:
1. Homosexuality has lasted longer than teh - infact the Church actually accepted it until 200 years ago - therefore for at least 1700 years of allowing same-sex relationships and marriage!!!!

2. Homosexuality is natural - it even happens in the animal world - wait, we are animals!!!!

3. What are people frightened of when it comes to talking about same sex marriages?

4. There are more rligions out in this world that accept same sex relationships, in fact there are many cultures that accpet same sex relationships.

People who degrade or frightened of all this are pathetic and, in reality, are unsure of their own sexuality!
I think Ricky Gervais sorted out the gays in the animal world myth,you should watch his version.
[quote][p][bold]BWFC71[/bold] wrote: 1. Homosexuality has lasted longer than teh - infact the Church actually accepted it until 200 years ago - therefore for at least 1700 years of allowing same-sex relationships and marriage!!!! 2. Homosexuality is natural - it even happens in the animal world - wait, we are animals!!!! 3. What are people frightened of when it comes to talking about same sex marriages? 4. There are more rligions out in this world that accept same sex relationships, in fact there are many cultures that accpet same sex relationships. People who degrade or frightened of all this are pathetic and, in reality, are unsure of their own sexuality![/p][/quote]I think Ricky Gervais sorted out the gays in the animal world myth,you should watch his version. Donkey Stone

6:58pm Sun 9 Jun 13

Hough64 says...

underwater wrote:
How can a religious ceremony be important to these people when what they are doing is WRONG.
Who says it's wrong? You? A homophobic bigot?
[quote][p][bold]underwater[/bold] wrote: How can a religious ceremony be important to these people when what they are doing is WRONG.[/p][/quote]Who says it's wrong? You? A homophobic bigot? Hough64

8:10pm Sun 9 Jun 13

BIG ERN says...

BWFC71 wrote:
1. Homosexuality has lasted longer than teh - infact the Church actually accepted it until 200 years ago - therefore for at least 1700 years of allowing same-sex relationships and marriage!!!!

2. Homosexuality is natural - it even happens in the animal world - wait, we are animals!!!!

3. What are people frightened of when it comes to talking about same sex marriages?

4. There are more rligions out in this world that accept same sex relationships, in fact there are many cultures that accpet same sex relationships.

People who degrade or frightened of all this are pathetic and, in reality, are unsure of their own sexuality!
Totally agree! What a crock of fearful **** I am reading on this page!

And why the hell not should gay folk be allowed to marry. They have just a much right to be miserable as everybody else!
[quote][p][bold]BWFC71[/bold] wrote: 1. Homosexuality has lasted longer than teh - infact the Church actually accepted it until 200 years ago - therefore for at least 1700 years of allowing same-sex relationships and marriage!!!! 2. Homosexuality is natural - it even happens in the animal world - wait, we are animals!!!! 3. What are people frightened of when it comes to talking about same sex marriages? 4. There are more rligions out in this world that accept same sex relationships, in fact there are many cultures that accpet same sex relationships. People who degrade or frightened of all this are pathetic and, in reality, are unsure of their own sexuality![/p][/quote]Totally agree! What a crock of fearful **** I am reading on this page! And why the hell not should gay folk be allowed to marry. They have just a much right to be miserable as everybody else! BIG ERN

8:10pm Sun 9 Jun 13

BIG ERN says...

underwater wrote:
How can a religious ceremony be important to these people when what they are doing is WRONG.
These people.. your fear encompasses you. Step out of the closet.
[quote][p][bold]underwater[/bold] wrote: How can a religious ceremony be important to these people when what they are doing is WRONG.[/p][/quote]These people.. your fear encompasses you. Step out of the closet. BIG ERN

8:12pm Sun 9 Jun 13

BIG ERN says...

sabian wrote:
In This Country It Is Legal To Practice Witch Craft,Or Any Other Occult,The State Will Cover Up All The Evils,Including Deaths,So Why Not Gay Marriage,Today Man To Man, Woman To Woman, Tomorrow Who knows,Gore Seer.
Do You Have To Write Beginning All Your Words With A Capital Letter??
[quote][p][bold]sabian[/bold] wrote: In This Country It Is Legal To Practice Witch Craft,Or Any Other Occult,The State Will Cover Up All The Evils,Including Deaths,So Why Not Gay Marriage,Today Man To Man, Woman To Woman, Tomorrow Who knows,Gore Seer.[/p][/quote]Do You Have To Write Beginning All Your Words With A Capital Letter?? BIG ERN

8:13pm Sun 9 Jun 13

BIG ERN says...

underwater wrote:
How can a religious ceremony be important to these people when what they are doing is WRONG.
pfft. Come out of the closet
[quote][p][bold]underwater[/bold] wrote: How can a religious ceremony be important to these people when what they are doing is WRONG.[/p][/quote]pfft. Come out of the closet BIG ERN

8:46pm Sun 9 Jun 13

skylark99 says...

BIG ERN wrote:
BWFC71 wrote:
1. Homosexuality has lasted longer than teh - infact the Church actually accepted it until 200 years ago - therefore for at least 1700 years of allowing same-sex relationships and marriage!!!!

2. Homosexuality is natural - it even happens in the animal world - wait, we are animals!!!!

3. What are people frightened of when it comes to talking about same sex marriages?

4. There are more rligions out in this world that accept same sex relationships, in fact there are many cultures that accpet same sex relationships.

People who degrade or frightened of all this are pathetic and, in reality, are unsure of their own sexuality!
Totally agree! What a crock of fearful **** I am reading on this page!

And why the hell not should gay folk be allowed to marry. They have just a much right to be miserable as everybody else!
Agree with you 100%
[quote][p][bold]BIG ERN[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BWFC71[/bold] wrote: 1. Homosexuality has lasted longer than teh - infact the Church actually accepted it until 200 years ago - therefore for at least 1700 years of allowing same-sex relationships and marriage!!!! 2. Homosexuality is natural - it even happens in the animal world - wait, we are animals!!!! 3. What are people frightened of when it comes to talking about same sex marriages? 4. There are more rligions out in this world that accept same sex relationships, in fact there are many cultures that accpet same sex relationships. People who degrade or frightened of all this are pathetic and, in reality, are unsure of their own sexuality![/p][/quote]Totally agree! What a crock of fearful **** I am reading on this page! And why the hell not should gay folk be allowed to marry. They have just a much right to be miserable as everybody else![/p][/quote]Agree with you 100% skylark99

9:13pm Sun 9 Jun 13

skylark99 says...

Live and let live! the churches get more funds which is a plus Gay people are equal its not going to make my marriage any less of a marriage because they get married in the church I did, Good Luck to them I say.
Live and let live! the churches get more funds which is a plus Gay people are equal its not going to make my marriage any less of a marriage because they get married in the church I did, Good Luck to them I say. skylark99

9:48am Mon 10 Jun 13

marco999 says...

Here we go again with the bigots and the ignorant hiding safely behind their keyboards in anonymity to spout their hatred about something they just do not understand. Do they spout hatred because it makes them feel better about their own pathetic lives?
If two people love each other and want to spend their lives together and do it by making a commitment to each other in a church then that is a beautiful thing. Surely it should not matter whether those two people are the same sex or not? If you are born gay then you are born gay and you just have to get on with it. As a gay man I have no hatred of heterosexual people; in fact some of my closest friends are ‘straight’. If I can accept all straight people at face value then why can’t all straight people accept me? I wish I had the definitive answer but there is neither the space nor the time to discuss it here.
My same sex partner and I are currently planning to marry once we finally achieve true equality like the rest of society. And when we do, it will be a joyous day that will not be marred by the rants of the bigots. They can shout as loud as they wish but will be drowned out by the pealing of the bells as we walk triumphantly out of the church hand in hand to share the joy of our love with our friends and family. Life is for living so let us all live it in happiness – we certainly will be.
Here we go again with the bigots and the ignorant hiding safely behind their keyboards in anonymity to spout their hatred about something they just do not understand. Do they spout hatred because it makes them feel better about their own pathetic lives? If two people love each other and want to spend their lives together and do it by making a commitment to each other in a church then that is a beautiful thing. Surely it should not matter whether those two people are the same sex or not? If you are born gay then you are born gay and you just have to get on with it. As a gay man I have no hatred of heterosexual people; in fact some of my closest friends are ‘straight’. If I can accept all straight people at face value then why can’t all straight people accept me? I wish I had the definitive answer but there is neither the space nor the time to discuss it here. My same sex partner and I are currently planning to marry once we finally achieve true equality like the rest of society. And when we do, it will be a joyous day that will not be marred by the rants of the bigots. They can shout as loud as they wish but will be drowned out by the pealing of the bells as we walk triumphantly out of the church hand in hand to share the joy of our love with our friends and family. Life is for living so let us all live it in happiness – we certainly will be. marco999

7:12pm Mon 10 Jun 13

underwater says...

You call us bigots I say we are normal people, the sight of same sex couples walking down the road hand in hand or stopping to kiss should be against the law it is wrong for children to see this sort of behaviour. How can we bring children up to know what is right when this rubbish is allowed?Its no wonder we have a world full of mixed up unsettled people .
You call us bigots I say we are normal people, the sight of same sex couples walking down the road hand in hand or stopping to kiss should be against the law it is wrong for children to see this sort of behaviour. How can we bring children up to know what is right when this rubbish is allowed?Its no wonder we have a world full of mixed up unsettled people . underwater

7:30pm Mon 10 Jun 13

marco999 says...

underwater wrote:
You call us bigots I say we are normal people, the sight of same sex couples walking down the road hand in hand or stopping to kiss should be against the law it is wrong for children to see this sort of behaviour. How can we bring children up to know what is right when this rubbish is allowed?Its no wonder we have a world full of mixed up unsettled people .
Yes I do call you a bigot ‘underwater’ the definition of which is: ‘a person who is utterly intolerant of any differing creed, belief, or opinion’. Does this not describe you? Is this not a fair description of a person who believes it should be against the law to be gay? A person who believes that being gay leads to a ‘world full of mixed up unsettled people?’ I am gay yes, but I am certainly not mixed up or unsettled – just the opposite in actual fact. I am a well brought up, well adjusted, well educated, successful and blissfully happy person. Can you honestly say that about yourself?
[quote][p][bold]underwater[/bold] wrote: You call us bigots I say we are normal people, the sight of same sex couples walking down the road hand in hand or stopping to kiss should be against the law it is wrong for children to see this sort of behaviour. How can we bring children up to know what is right when this rubbish is allowed?Its no wonder we have a world full of mixed up unsettled people .[/p][/quote]Yes I do call you a bigot ‘underwater’ the definition of which is: ‘a person who is utterly intolerant of any differing creed, belief, or opinion’. Does this not describe you? Is this not a fair description of a person who believes it should be against the law to be gay? A person who believes that being gay leads to a ‘world full of mixed up unsettled people?’ I am gay yes, but I am certainly not mixed up or unsettled – just the opposite in actual fact. I am a well brought up, well adjusted, well educated, successful and blissfully happy person. Can you honestly say that about yourself? marco999

8:49pm Mon 10 Jun 13

underwater says...

marco999 wrote:
underwater wrote:
You call us bigots I say we are normal people, the sight of same sex couples walking down the road hand in hand or stopping to kiss should be against the law it is wrong for children to see this sort of behaviour. How can we bring children up to know what is right when this rubbish is allowed?Its no wonder we have a world full of mixed up unsettled people .
Yes I do call you a bigot ‘underwater’ the definition of which is: ‘a person who is utterly intolerant of any differing creed, belief, or opinion’. Does this not describe you? Is this not a fair description of a person who believes it should be against the law to be gay? A person who believes that being gay leads to a ‘world full of mixed up unsettled people?’ I am gay yes, but I am certainly not mixed up or unsettled – just the opposite in actual fact. I am a well brought up, well adjusted, well educated, successful and blissfully happy person. Can you honestly say that about yourself?
Yes I can , and I also know right from wrong.
[quote][p][bold]marco999[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]underwater[/bold] wrote: You call us bigots I say we are normal people, the sight of same sex couples walking down the road hand in hand or stopping to kiss should be against the law it is wrong for children to see this sort of behaviour. How can we bring children up to know what is right when this rubbish is allowed?Its no wonder we have a world full of mixed up unsettled people .[/p][/quote]Yes I do call you a bigot ‘underwater’ the definition of which is: ‘a person who is utterly intolerant of any differing creed, belief, or opinion’. Does this not describe you? Is this not a fair description of a person who believes it should be against the law to be gay? A person who believes that being gay leads to a ‘world full of mixed up unsettled people?’ I am gay yes, but I am certainly not mixed up or unsettled – just the opposite in actual fact. I am a well brought up, well adjusted, well educated, successful and blissfully happy person. Can you honestly say that about yourself?[/p][/quote]Yes I can , and I also know right from wrong. underwater

3:44pm Tue 11 Jun 13

mr.mark.c says...

If we had a Heterosexual pride march would it be Homophobic ?
How about a Hetero village in Manchester ?
If we had a Heterosexual pride march would it be Homophobic ? How about a Hetero village in Manchester ? mr.mark.c

6:59pm Wed 12 Jun 13

sabian says...

Gays May Get What They Call Hitch But I Personally Will Never Call It Marriage,It Is My Choice Know one Else Will Take That Away From Me.
Gays May Get What They Call Hitch But I Personally Will Never Call It Marriage,It Is My Choice Know one Else Will Take That Away From Me. sabian

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