Search

Lib Dem campaigners Ed Fordham and Russell Eagling celebrate gay church wedding

14:14 09 July 2014

Russell Eagling (left) and Ed Fordham signing the register at Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel. Picture: Polly Hancock.

Russell Eagling (left) and Ed Fordham signing the register at Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel. Picture: Polly Hancock.

Archant

They were one of the first gay couples to become engaged and are now one of the first to have enjoyed a church wedding.

On Saturday, Liberal Democrat campaigners Ed Fordham and Russell Eagling tied the knot at Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel.

Mr Fordham, 46, a Lib Dem candidate for Hampstead and Kilburn in the 2010 general election, married former Fortune Green councillor Russell Eagling, 37, in front of 160 friends and family at the church, in Pilgrim’s Place, Hampstead.

The couple, who have been together for 16 years, had been engaged since last year when Mr Fordham got down one knee outside the House of Lords after discovering peers had approved the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.

Saturday’s service and reception were attended by a variety of well-known Lib Dem figures, including Alistair Carmichael, secretary of state for Scotland, and Hornsey and Wood Green MP Lynne Featherstone.

Mr Fordham said: “I think we maybe the second of third gay couple in the country to have got married in church, certainly the first in the Unitarian church.

“It was magical, it was absolutely amazing. Everyone enjoyed the day, it was just incredible from start to finish.”

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Hampstead Highgate Express visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Hampstead Highgate Express staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Hampstead Highgate Express account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 17:00
Alain de Botton. Picture: Vincent Starr

He wrote the book The Architecture of Happiness, but now celebrity philosopher Alain de Botton is making Hampstead residents unhappy with plans to build a modern three-storey hotel in the centre of the village.

Yesterday, 15:50
Pupils at Highgate School celebrate their A-level results last year. Picture: Polly Hancock

A handful of Camden, Barnet and Haringey schools are ranked among the best 100 schools in the country for 2014 A-level results.

Yesterday, 15:10
Charles Salmon QC said it was impossible for mothers with children to park on visits to the Heath.

A top barrister living on the edge of Hampstead Heath has urged Camden Council to re-think parking restrictions.

Yesterday, 13:20
Cllr Theo Blackwell.

Council tax is set to be increased in Camden for the first time in six years.

Most read news

Property Newsletter Sign-up

The latest North London property news and features straight into your inbox.

Other Emails:
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot

MPs are debating if such a treatment should be allowed, but the Church of England medical ethics adviser has warned against it.

Although he was out of the country at the time for the funeral of King Abdullah in Saudi Arabia.

Everyone – from Labour politicians and the French president to Hitler and democracy itself – fell foul of Churchill’s sharp wit.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Hampstead & Highgate Express e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24
Our trusted business finder