United Reformed Church has voted in favour of allowing its local churches to register for and conduct same-sex marriages. The decision was taken earlier today at the URC’s General Assembly in Southport The Assembly voted in favour of the proposal by a large majority, 240 votes to 21. It means URC churches wishing to register to hold same-sex marriages will be able to start the process immediately.

The vote marks a decisive move for the URC, which considered the issue inconclusively in 2014 and at a special Assembly in June last year, which concluded that the denomination could not express a single view on the question and that the decision had to rest with the local church. Today’s vote confirmed that decision. READ MORE