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  • Unitarian Universalists Long Time Advocate for Gay Rights
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    Pam Johnston
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Unitarian Universalists Long Time Advocate for Gay Rights

 

On this Pride Sunday, June 28, 2015 millions in of LGBT and "straights" will celebrate the right and freedom of individuals to choose.  These rights and freedoms are not available everywhere even in the developed world, as evidenced by the very recent ruling by the Supreme Court in the US allowing gay marriage throughout the US.

June 29, 1984, the Unitarian Universalists became the first major church "to approve religious blessings on homosexual unions."

Several congregations have undertaken a series of organizational, procedural and practical steps to become acknowledged as a "Welcoming Congregation": a congregation which has taken specific steps to welcome and integrate gay, lesbian, bisexual & transgender (GLBT) members. UU ministers perform same-sex unions and now same-sex marriages where legal (and sometimes when not, as a form of civil protest).

Unitarian Universalists have been in the forefront of the work to make same-sex marriages legal in their local states and provinces, as well as on the national level. Gay men, bisexuals, and lesbians are also regularly ordained as ministers, and a number of gay, bisexual, and lesbian ministers have, themselves, now become legally married to their partners. In May 2004, Arlington Street Church was the site of the first state-sanctioned same-sex marriage in the United States. The official stance of the UUA is for the legalization of same-sex marriage—"Standing on the Side of Love." In 2004 UU Minister Rev. Debra Haffner of The Religious Institute on Sexual Morality, Justice, and Healing published An Open Letter on Religious Leaders on Marriage Equality to affirm same-sex marriage from a multi-faith perspective. In December 2009, Washington, DC Mayor Adrian Fenty signed the bill to legalize same-sex marriage for the District of Columbia in All Souls Church, Unitarian (Washington, D.C.)

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    Pam Johnston
  • art illustrationsdavid crightonprideRelationship Buildingtoronto

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