The following statement was issued today by Unitarian Universalist Association President Rev. Peter Morales:
I applaud the new law that extends marriage rights to same-sex couples in Washington, DC. This legislation will make a profound difference to many Washington families, and it will shine as a beacon of hope for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens across the country.
I extend my admiration and gratitude to Mayor Fenty and the DC City Council members. When lawmakers step up to end discrimination and protect families, all Americans benefit. The overwhelming support for marriage equality by District leaders is heartening, especially following recent set backs at state ballot boxes. I believe that justice ultimately will prevail as more civic leaders and private citizens come forward to stand proudly on the side of love.
The bill signing, which was hosted by Rev. Robert Hardies and his congregation at All Souls Church, Unitarian, featured Fenty, along with DC religious, spiritual, political, and civil and gay rights leaders.
The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) 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. For more information on the UUA, including recent press releases and news articles, please visit our online press room.
Shelby Meyerhoff, Public Witness Specialist
Unitarian Universalist Association
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