Oppose the Florida and California Marriage Protection Initiatives

Oppose the Florida and California Marriage Protection Initiatives
2008 Action of Immediate Witness

Because: Unitarian Universalists affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person;

Whereas: The Unitarian Universalist Association [UUA], its member congregations and individual Unitarian Universalists have repeatedly affirmed their commitment to justice, equality, compassion and civil marriage for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people;

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Confronting Gender Identity Discrimination

Confronting Gender Identity Discrimination

2007 Responsive Resolution

Whereas the President of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations noted, in his June 21st report to the General Assembly, the work of our West Florida congregations on the issue of employment discrimination against transgender individuals, and

Whereas there has been no prior statement by the General Assembly specifically addressing our Association’s views on transgender identity,

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Repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

Repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”
2007 Action of Immediate Witness

WHEREAS our Unitarian Universalist Principles call us to affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every person and to promote justice, equity, and compassion in human relations;

WHEREAS under a federal law, commonly referred to as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT), the U.S, military discharges gay, lesbian and bi-sexual service members solely because of their sexual orientation;

WHEREAS DADT requires gay service members to lie as a condition of service;

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Pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act with Transgender Inclusion and Protection

Pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act with Transgender Inclusion and Protection
2007 Action of Immediate Witness

WHEREAS our Unitarian Universalist Principles call us to affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every person and to promote justice, equity and compassion in human relations;

WHEREAS Largo. Florida City Manager Steve Stanton was summarily fired after his planned transition from male to female was disclosed:

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Oppose Federal Marriage Amendment

Oppose Federal Marriage Amendment
2004 Action of Immediate Witness

WHEREAS the Unitarian Universalist Association has made strong public announcements that “Civil Marriage is a Civil Right” ;

WHEREAS several prominent national political leaders have proposed an amendment to the United States Constitution that would deny the rights and privileges of civil marriage to same-gender couples;

WHEREAS The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) of 1996 stipulates that marriage is between a man and a woman;

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Québec’s Union Civile Law Passes Giving Same-Sex Couples Full Legal Equality

Québec’s Union Civile Law Passes Giving Same-Sex Couples Full Legal Equality
2002 Action of Immediate Witness

Because for the past three decades Unitarian Universalist congregations in Canada and in the United States have spoken out in favor of the rights of bisexual, gay, lesbian, and transgender persons and against homophobia and all forms of discrimination against such persons on the basis of their sexual orientation or identity; and

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Work to Change Discriminatory Policies of Boy Scouts of America

Work to Change Discriminatory Policies of Boy Scouts of America
1999 Action of Immediate Witness

WHEREAS Unitarian Universalists affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every person and a free and responsible search for truth and meaning;

WHEREAS Unitarian Universalists have consistently affirmed the rights of bisexual, gay, lesbian, and transgender persons;

WHEREAS anti-gay violence has been on the rise, with a dramatic increase at public schools and with 19% of gay youth reporting having suffered physical attacks based on their sexual orientation;

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Support of the Right to Marry for Same-Sex Couples

Support of the Right to Marry for Same-Sex Couples
1996 Resolution of Immediate of Witness

Because Unitarian Universalists affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every person; and
Because marriage is held in honor among the blessings of life; and

WHEREAS many states, the Congress, and the President of the United States are acting to void the recognition of same-sex marriages and to deny “full faith and credit” to such marriages formalized in Hawaii or any other state;

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Support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 1994

Support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 1994
1994 Resolution of Immediate of Witness

BECAUSE Unitarian Universalists covenant to affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person and justice, equity, and compassion in human relations; and

WHEREAS Senator Edward Kennedy, along with Senator John Chafee and with the support of over 25 other Senators and 108 members of the House of Representatives, has introduced the Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 1994 (ENDA);

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