The following statement was issued by Unitarian Universalist Association President Rev. Peter Morales:
I applaud the actions of the Maryland Legislature in voting to extend the freedom to marry to all who seek it. With Gov. Martin O’Malley’s decisive leadership on this issue, Maryland has demonstrated its commitment to supporting the rights of those who seek the legal protections, joys, and responsibilities that marriage offers.
While we celebrate this long-awaited victory, as well as the Washington State Legislature's recent vote in favor of marriage equality, we also acknowledge with deep disappointment the decision by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to override the wishes of his state's elected officials with his recent veto of a similar bill in New Jersey. The road to marriage equality has been long and arduous, but as Maryland and Washington have seen victory, we know that someday soon, New Jersey will as well.
I am particularly proud of the efforts of Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of Maryland and all Unitarian Universalists who worked to make this happen, including the Revs. Lisa Ward and John Crestwell, and Standing on the Side of Love Campaign Director Dan Furmansky, who all testified before the Maryland Legislature on this issue. It is an honor to serve as president of the Unitarian Universalist Association, knowing that those in our faith movement are so deeply committed to social justice.
As Unitarian Universalists, we will continue to stand on the side of love until the freedom to marry belongs to everyone.
In January 2012, the UUA granted $2,500 via the President’s Freedom to Marry Fund to the UU Legislative Ministry, to support their work in holding a marriage equality prayer breakfast that demonstrated the breadth of faith-based support for equality.
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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 more information on the UUA, including recent press releases and news articles, please visit our online press room.