Seven of 14 / Sixteen of 50.
Ten years ago in the case of Goodridge v. the Department of Public Health of Massachusetts the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court held it was illegal under the Massachusetts Constitution to deny the right of people of the same gender to marry. Massachusetts became the first state to legalize same-sex marriage in the United States. Since then marriage equality has become the law in 16 states by ballot or through court ruling.
Seven of the 14 plaintiffs in the Massachusetts case that changed the future of marriage in the United States were Unitarian Universalists. The Unitarian Universalist Association and Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association of the Massachusetts Bay District filed amicus curiae briefs in the case. From the beginning UUs have led in this fight for social justice - which is also something to celebrate on this day.Read the statement issued by Rev. William G. Sinkford, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) on the occasion of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court decision. Read the statement by Rev. Peter Morales, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association applauding the legalization of same-sex marriage in Hawaii and Illinois.