Rev. William G. Sinkford, President of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), issued this statement in support of New Hampshire’s new marriage law:
I am overjoyed that New Hampshire has joined the growing number of states with inclusive marriage laws. This is another victory for civil rights in America. More and more fair-minded citizens believe that same-sex couples and their families deserve legal recognition and protection, and that conviction is cause for joy and celebration.
As a religious leader who has proudly officiated at weddings for same-sex couples, I am called to set the record straight: In more than two centuries of changing state and federal marriage statues, no religious group or official has ever been required to solemnize a marriage that goes against the teachings of their faith, nor will new marriage laws require them to do so in the future. Marriage equality is a matter of civil rights, not sacred rites.
The Unitarian Universalist Association is a faith community of more than 1,000 self-governing congregations that bring to the world a vision of religious freedom, tolerance and social justice.
The UUA has supported civil rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people for several decades. The denomination voted in 1996 to advocate for full legal marriage equality for same-sex couples. For more information on the UUA, including recent press releases and news articles, please visit our online pressroom.
Janet Hayes, Public Relations Director
Unitarian Universalist Association
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