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Marriage Equality

We respect the worth and dignity of every person, and that applies equally to people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. UU congregations and clergy have long recognized and celebrated same-sex marriages within our faith tradition.

Since 1973, when the Office of Gay Affairs (now Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Ministries) was established, the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) has made an institutional commitment to full equality for bisexual, gay, lesbian, transgender, and queer-identified people. In 2004, UUA staff member, Hillary Goodridge was the lead plaintiff in the Massachusetts marriage case (Goodridge vs the Dept of Public HealthLegal at Last), which paved the way for marriage equality in other states. The UUA has filed court cases, joined amicus curiae briefs, written, petitioned, visited, and called legislators, made 1-on-1 visits with friends, family members, and strangers, staffed phone banks, held press conferences, conducted worship services, and everything else needed to make marriage equality a reality throughout the United States.

The UUA is currently featured in a “friend of the court” brief submitted to the Supreme Court in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges. The Court is hearing arguments on this case in 2015, and its ruling will affect the future of same sex marriage across the country.

The movement for marriage equality is not over until all fifty states recognize marriage rights for all of its citizens. We continue to stand on the side of love with LGBTQ individuals and families. LGBTQ Unitarian Universalists will fall in love, form families, hold commitment ceremonies in their congregations, and in states where it is legal, get married. Love has no boundaries and Unitarian Universalists will not rest until legal barriers are removed and protections are in place to assure LGBTQ people have the same rights to the pursuit of happiness as everyone else.  

If you’re new to Unitarian Universalism, learn more about and our commitment to create a loving community where everyone is welcome. Find a UU congregation near you. Look for congregations designated as Welcoming Congregations. These congregations are committed to building welcoming spiritual communities for LGBTQ people.

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For more information contact lgbtq@uua.org.