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WHEREAS several prominent national political leaders have proposed an
amendment to the United States Constitution that would deny the rights and
privileges of civil marriage to same-gender couples;
WHEREAS The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) of 1996 stipulates that marriage
is between a man and a woman;
WHEREAS the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts ruled that same-sex and
opposite-sex couples must be given equal civil marriage rights, effective May
WHEREAS half of the plaintiffs in the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts
ruling were Unitarian Universalists;
WHEREAS a coalition of twenty religious groups is opposed to this amendment,
including the Unitarian Universalist Association, the Episcopal Church USA, the
Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, and the Union for Reform Judaism;
WHEREAS the amendment denying marriage equality for same-gender couples is
currently being considered by the Congress of the United States and is scheduled
for consideration by the Senate during the week of July 12, 2004; and
WHEREAS this would be the only amendment to the Constitution that denies
rights to any group and therefore undermines the intent of that great
BE IT RESOLVED that the members and congregations of the Unitarian
Universalist Association urge their legislators to vote against the proposed
“Federal Marriage Amendment” (H.R. Res. 56); and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the UUA Office of Advocacy and Witness take
appropriate action to advocate against any attempt to deny civil marriage rights
to same-gender couples.
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Last updated on Wednesday, August 24, 2011.
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