Unitarian Universalists Celebrate SCOTUS Ruling with #JustMarriage
On June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court issued their 5 to 4 ruling in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges, establishing federal recognition of same-sex marriage. With this decision, marriage equality for same-sex couples has become the law of the land nationwide, after decades of legal battles and hard fought victories by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) activists and allies.
“I applaud the court’s ruling as a major step in recognizing full civil rights for LGBTQ people. The ruling is cause for celebration,” the Rev. Peter Morales, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) said in a statement. “I am grateful for the unwavering dedication and commitment by Unitarian Universalists in support of marriage equality.”
Unitarian Universalists (UUs) have a long history of supporting equal rights for LGBTQ individuals. In 1996, the UUA was the first religious denomination to pass a resolution in support of the right to marry for same-sex couples. The UUA has signed on to amicus briefs in all the major court cases regarding the freedom to marry, including Obergefell v. Hodges.
In celebration of this historic victory for equal rights, UU ministers and congregations will offer free weddings for same-sex couples nationwide on July 11 and 12, in an event called #justmarriage. Many ministers have signed up for the event, offering their services and congregation’s space for free. To view the full list of those signed up and to register, visit the #justmarriage page.
“Marriage equality illustrates that love has no boundaries,” said President Morales. “And while today we celebrate this victory in the name of love, tomorrow we rededicate ourselves to achieving full legal protection for LGBTQ people in all spheres of our society.”
Indeed, while marriage equality has been an important LGBTQ issue and victory for UUs, we know that it is just a small part of the fight for equality. While celebrating this milestone, the UUA also commits to ongoing witness for equality for all as we work to continue expanding the rights of LGBTQ people—with recognition of people who are disproportionately impacted by systemic oppression like transgender, gender non-conforming, and queer people of color. As such, UUs and others are invited give to the Freedom to Live Drive for Standing on the Side of Love, which will support the important work we are still called to do.
For more information on how to get involved, email justmarriage [at] uua [dot] org.