Following a decision by the California Supreme Court to uphold a voter-approved constitutional amendment that bans marriage equality in the state but lets stand the 18,000-plus same-sex marriages performed under an earlier ruling, Rev. William G. Sinkford, President of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), issued this statement:
"I am deeply troubled that the discrimination Proposition 8 introduced into the California constitution last fall has been upheld today, barring future marriages between same-sex couples. While I expected the narrow, technical reasoning behind the California Supreme Court’s decision, still I grieve for the state’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people whose rights and dignity have been under assault since the passage of Proposition 8.
"It is my earnest hope that the spirit of fairness sweeping the country this spring ultimately will prevail in California, where thousands of legally married same-sex couples will continue to bear witness to the vital importance of this basic civil right. Every day more and more Americans are choosing to stand on the side of love with these brave families, and I pray that the citizens and lawmakers of California will join them."