The Rev. Peter Morales, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), issued the following statement applauding the legalization of same-sex marriage in Minnesota:
“Last November, Minnesotans defeated an anti-marriage ballot amendment. And yesterday, the governor of Minnesota signed the marriage equality bill that made Minnesota the 12th state to ensure equal rights for its citizens. I applaud the great efforts of all who helped change minds in such a short amount of time in order to secure this victory.
The Minnesota Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Alliance mobilized countless Unitarian Universalists who went door to door to help educate citizens and promote equality for all families. It is in part, thanks to this type of grassroots organizing, that marriage equality is realized in Minnesota.
Minnesota is the first state in the Midwest to legalize gay marriage by legislative vote, and the third nationwide in just 10 days, joining Rhode Island and Delaware.
These decisive victories demonstrate that more and more Americans realize that marriage equality strengthens families, protects children, and ensures the basic rights of citizenship for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender couples. It is not just a phenomenon on the West and East Coasts. We are witnessing a cultural shift unparalleled in our nation’s history. It is the time for equality for all loving and committed couples.
Unitarian Universalists will continue to stand on the side of love in this struggle for equality until marriage equality is the law nationwide.”