The following statement was issued by Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) President Rev. William G. Sinkford (see the press release).
I rejoice in the Vermont legislature’s votes to allow same-sex couples to marry in their state. Today’s actions guarantee equal treatment under Vermont law for committed same-sex couples and their families.
This clear call for justice by Vermont lawmakers brings us one step closer to equality for all Americans. Along with last week’s court decision in Iowa, Vermont’s action is yet another encouraging sign that the United States eventually will extend full civil rights to all of “we the people.”
I applaud the courageous Vermont lawmakers for acting decisively and with integrity to do the right thing. My heartfelt gratitude goes out to the many Unitarian Universalists who have worked tirelessly for marriage equality in Vermont.
We have had occasion to celebrate over the past week, but we know that the struggle for marriage equality is far from over. Until all of our nation's marriage statutes are free of discrimination, the Unitarian Universalist Association will stand on the side of love and advocate for full legal rights for committed same-sex couples.