Couple marries in UK’s first church gay wedding

Dwayne Morgan, the pastor who officiated the wedding, believes 'God blesses the love of two people no matter what their gender'

Couple marries in UK’s first church gay wedding
14 April 2014

A couple have married in what is believed to be the UK’s first gay wedding in a church.

Jan Tipper and Barb Burden were married at the Metropolitan Community Church in Bournemouth yesterday (13 April)

On 29 March, same-sex couples in England and Wales were finally allowed to walk down the aisle and marry officially.

Dwayne Morgan, who officiated the wedding, said he decided to officiate the wedding because he believes ‘God blesses the love of two people no matter what their gender.’

‘To finally have the government fully recognize their love by giving them complete legal status as a married couple is a blessing for everyone,’ he added.

‘We are grateful to all those who have struggled for the rights of gay people for so many years that has led to this historic day.’

The happy, now married, couple did not intend to be the first same-sex couple to wed in a church.

Burden said: ‘As it’s been approved since 29 March, we assumed there had already been others who had taken advantage.’

Tipper said the church had been a hugely important part of their lives and their relationship.

‘To get married in our church was very significant to us,’ she said. ‘Even though we’ve been together for almost 19 years it didn’t feel right for us to have just a blessing or even a civil partnership.’

‘We’ve hoped for years for the opportunity to legally marry and, once it became possible, we knew it was time for us to tie the knot and to do it before God in our church with our family and friends.’

The Metropolitan Community Church was established in Bournemouth in 1979 and is associated with the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Churches – a LGBTI inclusive Christian church.

HAVE YOUR SAY

MORE TOP STORIES

No thumbnail available

Killers of Daniel Zamudio, Chile's Matthew Shepard, found guilty

The 24-year-old was murdered in 2012 when a group of four men with alleged ties to neo-Nazi groups beat him unconscious and carved swastikas in his skin
No thumbnail available

NZ Bishops anti-gay marriage call rejected by other clergy

A coalition of over 50 New Zealand Christian leaders have rejected a call by the country’s Catholic bishops for young voters to oppose marriage equality
No thumbnail available

Taiwan rejects six gay marriage registrations

The Marriage Equality Bill has been stalled since October
No thumbnail available

One in three Italian LGBT teens considers suicide

Study by LGBT association Gay Center reveals the turmoil of dozens of young gay boys and girls. Last week a Roman 14-year-old boy jumped from his window after leaving a dramatic letter to his parents
No thumbnail available

Bryan Singer calls sexual abuse allegations against him a 'sick twisted shake down'

But director will not help promote upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past because he doesn't want to divert any attention away from film
No thumbnail available

Second Kiev Pride organizer attacked

Another Kiev Pride 2012 organizer has been attacked and hospitalised a month after authorities invoked public safety to cancel the event
No thumbnail available

In new book, Debbie Reynolds recalls when gay co-star Tab Hunter tried to kiss her

'There was no discussion about being gay back then. But I knew that Tab was'
No thumbnail available

Bi singer Jessie J reveals heart murmur made her a sick child

Extracts from chart-topper Jessie J's autobiography reveals the singer spent her childhood in and out of hospital with heart problems
No thumbnail available

Michael Sam is 'nervous' and 'excited' about this week's NFL Draft

College star poised to make history as pro football league's first openly gay player
No thumbnail available

'Sex, sex phobia, homophobia': Sardinia Pride returns for second year

Sardinia's second pride event aims to promote LGBTI rights and equality in a region where sexual and gender minorities continue to face discrimination