Proposals of the Common Vision Planning Committee

Proposals of the Common Vision Planning Committee
1989 Business Resolution
WHEREAS the survey conducted by the Common Vision Planning Committee has shown that, despite a long and luminous tradition of leadership toward an era of wider justice, inclusion, and recognition of the dignity and worth of all, still the fear of same-sex love runs deep among Unitarian Universalists; and

WHEREAS the persistence in our midst of homophobia and heterosexism sorely tests our commitment to our Principles and Purposes;

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Supporting Legal Equity for Gays and Lesbians

Supporting Legal Equity for Gays and Lesbians
1987 Business Resolution

WHEREAS, the 1970 General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association (“UUA”) adopted a resolution calling on all UUA churches, fellowships, and organizations and society at large to end discrimination against gay and lesbian people and has repeatedly endorsed the goal of equality, dignity, and respect for all people, regardless of affectional or sexual orientation in resolutions adopted in 1974, 1975, 1977, 1980, and in 1984; and

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Gay and Lesbian Services of Union

Gay and Lesbian Services of Union
1984 Business Resolution

WHEREAS, the Unitarian Universalist Association has repeatedly taken stands to affirm the rights of gay and lesbian persons over the past decade; and

WHEREAS, legal marriages are currently denied gay and lesbian couples by state and provincial governments of North America; and

WHEREAS, freedom of the pulpit is a historic tradition in Unitarian Universalist societies;

BE IT RESOLVED: That the 1984 General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association:

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Ministerial Employment Opportunities

Ministerial Employment Opportunities

1980 Business Resolution

WHEREAS, the General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association in 1970 passed a resolution calling on the UUA and its member churches, fellowships, and organizations to end discrimination against gay, lesbian, and bisexual persons in employment; and

WHEREAS, the UUA has distinguished itself by its repeated support of the employment rights of minority groups; and

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Gay Human Rights

Gay Human Rights
1977 Business Resolution

WHEREAS, the bigotry and misinformation presented by the forces of the “Save Our Children” movement led by Anita Bryant encourage violations of the civil rights of gay people; and

WHEREAS, human rights are not an issue on which there should be a vote by which the majority can deny rights to a minority; and

WHEREAS, the false propaganda using a religious basis for persecution strikes at the very foundation of the basic tenet of the Unitarian Universalist Association, to seek the truth and support the worth of all humans;

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Office of Gay Concerns

Office of Gay Concerns
1975 Business Resolution

WHEREAS, the 1973 and 1974 General Assemblies have voted to establish the Office of Gay Concerns as an integral part of the UUA to serve the needs of our churches and fellowships for education and help on gay concerns; and

WHEREAS, the Office of Gay Concerns is funded from special grant funds outside the regular operating budget of the UUA; and

WHEREAS, the Office staff has had less than one-half year to function and cannot be fairly evaluated in terms of articulating a program based on the approved model of the Office;

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Office of Gay Concerns

Office of Gay Concerns
1974 Business Resolution

WHEREAS, the General Assembly 1973 voted as a business resolution to urge the UUA Board of Trustees to create at the denominational headquarters an Office of Gay Concerns; and

WHEREAS, money was not available for the Office and the full benefit of the experience, talent, and status of the UUA to seek sources of funding outside the denominational budget was urged by the General Assembly and in its resolution; and

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Discrimination Against Homosexuals and Bisexuals

Discrimination Against Homosexuals and Bisexuals
1970 General Resolution

RECOGNIZING THAT:

1. A significant minority in this country are either homosexual or bisexual in their feelings and/or behavior;
2. Homosexuality has been the target of severe discrimination by society and in particular by the police and other arms of government;
3. A growing number of authorities on the subject now see homosexuality as an inevitable sociological phenomenon and not as a mental illness;
4. There are Unitarian Universalists, clergy and laity, who are homosexuals or bisexuals;

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