Blessings and Weddings
The Metropolitan Community Church has been at the forefront of the right for gay and lesbian people to marry ever since our inception in 1968. Our founder, the Rev Troy Perry, filed the first lawsuit to recognise gay marriage (in Los Angeles in 1970) and, with his partner Philip, was one of the couples who won the right to marry in California a few years ago.
Our churches have offered ceremonies to lesbian and gay couples where we can celebrate, affirm and symbolise our love. These have involved the exchange or promises and rings and a declaration that the couple are united in love before their friends and have received God's blessing.
Here in Manchester we have celebrated over 300 such ceremonies over the years. Since the advent of Civil Partnerships we have been delighted to offer a service of blessing after the legal requirements of Civil Partnerships have been taken care of, and we are happy to continue to do so.
The Metropolitan Community Church gave evidence to Parliament in support of the right for lesbian and gay people to marry and we see Civil Partnerships as a useful stepping stone on the way to full marriage equality.
If you would like to discuss your own wedding, please speak to our Pastor (details are on our Contact Us page via the top menu) with any enquiries you may have about ceremonies in our church or elsewhere.