(Portland, Maine) NO on 1/Protect Maine Equality and the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) jointly released the following statement from UUA President Rev. Peter Morales today:
The May 2009 passage of marriage equality legislation in Maine was a historic step towards justice for same-sex couples and their families. We owe tremendous thanks to the citizens of Maine, including many Unitarian Universalists, and to their elected officials who supported this legislation.
But now marriage equality is in danger in Maine. I call upon supportive Mainers to reaffirm their commitment to fairness for all families by voting against repeal of the legislation recognizing same-sex marriage.
I know that Unitarian Universalists in Maine will continue to be at the forefront of the struggle for equality. Commitment to the inherent worth and dignity of every person is at the core of Unitarian Universalism, and Unitarian Universalists in Maine have a strong history of support for bisexual, gay, lesbian, and transgender (BGLT) rights. In 1996, the Unitarian Universalist Association called for full legal recognition for same-sex couples nationwide, and our faith community has advocated in support of marriage equality ever since. We will continue this witness in Maine in the coming months.
Unitarian Universalists will stand on the side of love. I invite you to stand with us.
The Unitarian Universalist Association is a faith community of more than 1,000 self-governing congregations that bring to the world a vision of religious freedom, tolerance and social justice.
The UUA has supported civil rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people for several decades. The denomination voted in 1996 to advocate for full legal marriage equality for same-sex couples.
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Shelby Meyerhoff, Public Witness Specialist
Unitarian Universalist Association
25 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02108
pw_specialist @ uua.org
Mark Sullivan, Communications Director
NO on 1/Protect Maine Equality
550 Forest Avenue
Portland, Maine 04101
mark @ protectmaineequality.org