Delfin Bautista, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Ministries Program Coordinator for the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), has issued a statement in response to the Obama Administration's declaration of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) as unconstitutional:
In the Unitarian Universalist tradition of inclusion and respect, we have long stood by LGBT people in the fight for justice, especially around marriage equality. Today, we applaud the Obama Administration for standing with us in this fight. The Administration's denouncement of DOMA as unconstitutional and its decision to no longer defend this degrading piece of legislation is a vital and long overdue step toward justice.
Unitarian Universalist ministers have officiated at same-sex unions since the early 1970s, and in 1996, the UUA called for marriage equality for same-sex couples. We knew that the road to full equality for LGBT people would be long and difficult, but we were urged on as a matter of conscience, guided by the First Principle of our faith: To affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person. Unitarian Universalists will continue to stand on the side of love until marriage equality is the legal right of every American citizen.
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