On May 15, the day the California Supreme Court ruled that
marriage is a civil right that belongs to all, Unitarian Universalist
Association (UUA) President William G. Sinkford
applauded the ruling and its historic support of same sex marriage.
Sinkford said, "I rejoice today in the California Supreme Court's
decision to end discrimination in the state's marriage laws. On behalf
Unitarian Universalist Association, I thank the brave justices
for honoring the
spirit of the California constitution and extending
its protections to same-sex
couples. Decades ago, California led the
nation in affirming the right of
inter-racial couples to marry, and it
is fitting that the state now joins
as a leader in full marriage equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual
and transgender citizens.
"The California decision makes a profound difference in the lives of
thousands of couples and families in California, and it offers hope for
couples across the country. Marriage is a civil right."
Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregations extend a warm welcome to
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) people and their families. We are
a caring, open-minded spiritual community that encourages you to seek your own
spiritual path. Our
congregations are places where people gather to nurture their spirits and
put their faith into action by helping to make our communities—and the world—a
We believe that our first
Principle, respecting “the inherent worth and
dignity of every
person,” applies equally to people of all sexual orientations
gender identities. Unitarian Universalism has intentionally reached out
to GLBT people and their families. Our Welcoming
Congregations have completed a program to enhance their welcome of all
Unitarian Universalism is one of the few faith groups that ordain
openly Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender people. Our GLBT
clergy participate fully in our faith community as pastors in some of
our largest congregations, performing weddings, commitment ceremonies, rites of
passage, and leading worship.
We work to promote acceptance, inclusion, understanding, and equity for
gay, lesbian, and/or transgender persons of all colors,
races, and ethnicities,
both within the UUA and in society at large. We
are committed to protecting the civil and legal rights of GLBT
people and families across the country. Unitarian Universalists
have been at the
forefront of the same-sex
marriage debates in Massachusetts, California, and many other states,
advocating for the
right for each person to marry the partner of his or her choice.
Unitarian Universalists stand on the side of love.
Unitarian Universalists are committed not only to spiritual growth and
transformation but also to involvement in the world. Read these
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Last updated on Monday, May 2, 2011.
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