Resolution of Immediate Witness in Support
of the Right to Marry for Same-sex Couples
Unitarian Universalist Association and UU Ministers Association
BECAUSE the first Principle of Unitarian Universalism is to 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 that sanctions them; and
WHEREAS the debate about extending legally recognized marriage to same-sex couples has focused on the objections of certain religious communities; and
WHEREAS the Unitarian Universalist Association has adoped numerous Resolutions over the last twenty-six years supporting equal rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons, including support for Ceremonies of Union between members of the same sex; and
WHEREAS the UUA Board of Trustees and the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association have voted their support for the right to marry for same-sex couples;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Unitarian Universalist Association adopts a position of support of legal recognition for marriage between members of the same sex; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Unitarian Universalist Association make its position supporting legal marriage between persons of the same sex known by means of press and other public media; and
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that the Unitarian Universalist Association urges its member congregations to take an affirmative position in support of the value of marriage between any two committed persons, whether of the same or opposite sexes, and to make those positions known in their home communities.
Approved at the Indianapolis General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association by the 400+ members of the UU Ministers Association, and by the Unitarian Universalist Association itself, as represented by several thousand delegates from churches around the country in the summer of 1996.