Weekend of Weddings: Celebrating Marriage Equality Nationwide
In celebration of the U.S. Supreme Court’s historic ruling in favor of nationwide marriage equality, Unitarian Universalist (UU) ministers and congregations offered free weddings for same-sex couples nationwide on July 11 and 12, in an event called #JustMarriage.
Ministers across the country signed up for the event, offering their services and congregations’ space for free. Over 48 hours, couples were married in states that have long fought for marriage equality, including Texas, California, Florida, North Carolina, Michigan, Mississippi, Ohio, and Missouri, where Rev. Molly Housh Gordon married Anna Furstenau and Julie Saperstein at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbia.
After the wedding, the church hosted a marriage equality dance and reception attended by other recently wed couples, including Sarah Perry and Beth Perrin, who were the first same-sex couple to get married in the state after the Supreme Court ruling.
Rev. Housh Gordon has said she will continue to offer free weddings throughout the summer as her schedule permits. When the Supreme Court ruled, she wrote: "I joyfully celebrate a victory for love. And I pray that this joy may open our hearts to the continued fight for dignity for all Missourians and all people."
When the Supreme Court issued their 5 to 4 ruling in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges, marriage equality for same-sex couples became the law of the land after decades of legal battles and hard fought victories by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) activists and allies.
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.
While marriage equality has been an important LGBTQ issue and victory for UUs, the UUA recognizes 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—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 to give to the Freedom to Live Drive for Standing on the Side of Love, which will support the important work that still needs to be done.
For a full list of each state with ministers who offered weddings and continual updates, visit the #justmarriage page.
- Church marries same-sex couples, celebrates Supreme Court ruling, Columbia Daily Tribune
- Church hosts day of same-sex marriages, Denton Record-Chronicle
- Couples celebrate marriage equality with vow renewal in Pasadena, Pasadena Star-News
- Texas Unitarian Universalist Churches Join ‘Stand on the Side of Love’ Event After SCOTUS Ruling, Breitbart
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