Uniting Church allows same-sex marriage

Christine McGinn

Same-sex couples will be allowed to get married in the Uniting Church of Australia after the denomination's national body agreed to new wording.

The national body agreed to adopt an additional belief statement on marriage on Friday night at Box Hill Town Hall, in Melbourne's southeast, during a seven-day triennial assembly.

"Marriage for Christians is the freely given consent and commitment in public and before God of two people to live together for life," the new additional statement reads.

Ministers will be able to conduct same-gender marriages, if they wish, in the coming months but individual ministers can also refuse to do so, the assembly ruled.