UUA President Rev. Peter Morales Applauds New York Marriage Equality Vote

Peter Morales in a suit and a colorful woven minister's stole, smiling.

The Rev. Peter Morales, UUA President

The following statement was issued today by Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) President Rev. Peter Morales:

I enthusiastically applaud the actions of the New York Legislature and the leadership of Gov. Andrew Cuomo in establishing marriage equality in that state. With this action, New York has demonstrated its commitment to the American ideal that all citizens are entitled to equal protections and rights under the law. New York joins Connecticut, Iowa, New Hampshire, Vermont, Washington, D.C., and Massachusetts in supporting the right of every person to enter into the legal protections, joys, and responsibilities that marriage offers. With this decision, our country takes another step on the long journey toward justice for all.

I am especially proud of the work of our Unitarian Universalist congregations, ministers, and congregants in New York. These dedicated faith leaders have fought long and hard for equal rights, and I thank them for their powerful commitment to the cause of marriage equality.

Today we celebrate this victory. Unitarian Universalists are committed to standing on the side of love until the freedom to marry is the right of all Americans.

The Unitarian Universalist Association is a faith community of more than 1,000 self-governing congregations that bring to the world a vision of religious freedom, tolerance and social justice. The UUA has supported civil rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people for several decades. The denomination voted in 1996 to advocate for full legal marriage equality.

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