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We respect the worth and dignity of every person, and that applies equally to people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. UU congregations and clergy have long recognized and celebrated same-sex marriages within our faith tradition.
Since 1973, when the Office of Gay Affairs (now Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Ministries) was established, the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) has made an institutional commitment to full equality for bisexual, gay, lesbian, transgender, and queer-identified people. In 2004, UUA staff member, Hillary Goodridge was the lead plaintiff in the Massachusetts marriage case (Goodridge vs the Dept of Public Health: Legal at Last), which paved the way for marriage equality in other states. The UUA has filed court cases, joined amicus curiae briefs, written, petitioned, visited, and called legislators, made 1-on-1 visits with friends, family members, and strangers, staffed phone banks, held press conferences, conducted worship services, and everything else needed to make marriage equality a reality throughout the United States.
The UUA is currently featured in a “friend of the court” brief submitted to the Supreme Court in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges. The Court is hearing arguments on this case in 2015, and its ruling will affect the future of same sex marriage across the country.
The movement for marriage equality is not over until all fifty states recognize marriage rights for all of its citizens. We continue to stand on the side of love with LGBTQ individuals and families. LGBTQ Unitarian Universalists will fall in love, form families, hold commitment ceremonies in their congregations, and in states where it is legal, get married. Love has no boundaries and Unitarian Universalists will not rest until legal barriers are removed and protections are in place to assure LGBTQ people have the same rights to the pursuit of happiness as everyone else.
If you’re new to Unitarian Universalism, learn more about and our commitment to create a loving community where everyone is welcome. Find a UU congregation near you. Look for congregations designated as Welcoming Congregations. These congregations are committed to building welcoming spiritual communities for LGBTQ people.
For more information about Unitarian Universalism and LGBTQ inclusion, visit:
- LGBTQ Welcome & Equality
- Unitarian Universalist LGBTQ History Timeline
- Major Unitarian Universalist Association Resolutions in Support of LGBTQ Equality
- Lesbian Ministers Declare Victory in North Carolina
- Courting Equality: A Documentary History of America's First Legal Same-Sex Marriages, by Patricia A Gozemba and Karen Kahn
- Gay Marriage, Real Life: Ten Stories of Love and Family, by Michelle Bates Deakin
- Rev. Peter Morales, Supporting Marriage Equality, a reflection
- UUA President Issues Statement on Historic Decisions on Marriage Equality
- Zach Wahls, Address to the Democratic National Convention on the issue of Marriage Equality, 2012
Our Recommended Resources/Partners
- UU Statewide Legislative Advocacy Networks and Ministries: State-based UU organizations focusing on advocacy and witness.
- Freedom to Marry: The gay and non-gay partnership working to win the freedom to marry nationwide.
- National Black Justice Coalition: A civil rights organization dedicated to empowering Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.
- Human Rights Campaign: The largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equal rights.
- National LGBTQ Taskforce: A lesbian, bisexual, gay, and transgender equality organization.
- Unite for Marriage: A coalition of LGBTQ and LGBTQ-supportive organizations.
- Marriage Equality USA: The nation’s oldest organization dedicated to building equality for the LGBTQ community through civil marriage equality in every state and at the federal level.
- Leadership Conference on Civil Rights: The nation's premier civil rights coalition, which has coordinated the national legislative campaign on behalf of every major civil rights law since 1957.
- Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays: A national support, education and advocacy organization for LGBTQ people and their families, friends, and allies.
- Lambda Legal: A great source of background information on LGBTQ issues in general, and the freedom to marry in particular.