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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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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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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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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Liturgies for Blessings

Resolved, the House of Deputies concurring, That the 76th General Convention acknowledge the changing circumstances in the United States and in other nations, as legislation authorizing or forbidding marriage, civil unions or domestic partnerships for gay and lesbian persons is passed in various civil jurisdictions that call forth a renewed pastoral response from this Church, and for an open process for the consideration of theological and liturgical resources for the blessing of same gender relationships; and be it further

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“Human Sexuality: Gift and Trust” – Lifelong monogamous same-gender relationships

Lifelong monogamous same-gender relationships

Within the last decades, this church has begun to understand and experience in new ways the need of same-gender-oriented individuals to seek relationships of lifelong companionship and commitment as well as public accountability and legal support for those commitments. At the same time, public debates and deliberations have continued regarding evolving understandings of human sexuality in medicine, social science, and corresponding public policy about same-gender relationships.

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Marriage Rights of Same-Sex Couples

Whereas the SHJ affirms the inherent worth and dignity of every person,

Whereas the SHJ supports the right and responsibility of adults to choose their marriage partners,

Whereas the SHJ philosophy is supportive of equal rights and responsibilities for all in the matters of marriage and divorce, and

Whereas lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people have been denied the social, economic, and political benefits and consequences of marriage and divorce,

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