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UUA President Celebrates California Supreme Court Ruling

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 of the 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 Massachusetts 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 same-sex couples across the country. Marriage is a civil right."

This Faith Stands on the Side of Love and Equality!

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 better place.

We believe that our first Principle, respecting “the inherent worth and dignity of every person,” applies equally to people of all sexual orientations and 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 people.

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 bisexual, 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.

Find Out More!

Unitarian Universalists are committed not only to spiritual growth and transformation but also to involvement in the world. Read these Unitarian Universalist Perspectives to see how we live out our values.

  • Affirmation of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender People
  • Ecology, Justice, and Compassion
  • The Relationship Between Religion and Science
  • The Role of Religion in American Democracy
  • Religion, Morality, and Sexuality

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Last updated on Tuesday, April 29, 2014.

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