Archive for the ‘Unitarian Universalist’ Category

Ask Congress to Repeal DOMA… It’s Easy

August 13, 2010

Please tell your members of Congress to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act. Passed in 1996, this law prohibits the federal government from recognizing the marriages of same-sex couples. A federal judge in Massachusetts recently declared the law unconstitutional.

Standing on the Side of Love, a campaign of the Unitarian Universalist Association, has set up an easy online form to help you speak out. 

(You don’t have to be a Unitarian Universalist!)

Religious Voices Celebrate Prop 8 Ruling

August 5, 2010

Yesterday’s ruling that overturned California’s ban on same-sex marriage has left many religious conservatives shocked and angry. If you want to hear what they say, you won’t have to look far.

Meanwhile, gay-affirming religious leaders have been celebrating. Here are a few examples:

Where Does Your Denomination Stand?

June 9, 2010

Yesterday, I shared a link to Pride month resources from The Religious Institute. Today, I want to share another fantastic resource from the same organization.

The Religious Institute recently launched a searchable database of statements from many major denominations regarding issues related to sexuality, including marriage equality.

The database includes the statements from the following traditions that have expressed support for marriage equality:
Unitarian Universalist Association, 1996
Union for Reform Judaism, 1997
Society for Humanistic Judaism, 2004
Jewish Reconstructionist Federation, 2004
United Church of Christ, 2005
Metropolitan Community Churches, undated

Other traditions have issued more nuanced statements that indicate steps toward recognizing same-sex couples, while stopping short of full equality:
United Methodist Church, 2004
Presbyterian Church (USA), 2004
Episcopal Church, 2006
Episcopal Church, 2009
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, 2009

Of course, official denominational statements offer only a partial picture. In every denomination that has embraced marriage equality, there are undoubtedly many clergy and lay members who still oppose it. And likewise, in even the most conversative traditions, there are those who support the equality for same-sex couples. Nonetheless, taken collectively, these official statements are important signs of movement toward greater openness and respect.

Pictures of My Church

May 4, 2010

I just took some pictures of my church, Second Unitarian Church of Chicago today. Yes, it’s a pretty church, but but my real point in sharing is to point out the banner that has been hanging on the front for the past several years.¬†The freedom to marry isn’t the only social issue that Second Unitarian members care about, but it’s one that hits close to home for a lot of us so we’ve decided to take a public stand.

Unitarian Universalists nationally have lead the charge for equal rights and recognition for same-sex couples. In 1996, the denomination passed a resolution supporting the right for same-sex couples to legally marry. In fact, UUs were so involved in working for the passage of the same-sex marriage legalization in Washington, D.C. that the mayor signed the bill into law in December last year in a ceremony at All Souls Church, a UU church.

What is your congregation doing on behalf of same-sex couples or lgbt people in general? Let us know!