Union Chapel to offer Islington’s first gay ‘wedding’

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A church better known for its legendary concerts is expected to be the first religious building in Islington to offer gay ‘wedding’ ceremonies.

Union Chapel on Upper Street, which has played host to Brian May, Beck and Tom Jones, applied for a license to offer civil partnership ceremonies last year after the government allowed faith groups to hold gay ‘weddings’ last December.

Although Islington Council is expected to approve the license, the decision, which was to be announced on Monday 26 November, has been delayed.

But the Highbury church still hopes to be the first religious building in Islington to offer same-sex church services.

Reverend Karen Stallard told the Islington Tribune: “I know the Quakers in Islington are also registering for civil partnership ceremonies with Islington Council but I believe we’ll be the first in the borough.”

Newington Green Unitarian church in Hackney became the first in London to offer gay ‘weddings’ in November.