UULM: Big win! CA Supreme Court rules for same sex marriage

Email from UU Legislative Ministry:

Dear Aaron,

Alleluia! We won in the CA State Supreme Court! Loving same sex couples can now be treated with equal dignity and respect when we marry them in our congregations. Those same-sex couples who have been married religiously, but undocumented legally, will now be able to get legally married.

In the decision of the court, it is clear that the work of the religious community made a BIG difference. Thanks to all of you who have helped so many faith communities to stand on the side of love.

Here is a link to the court’s decision -the long list of names of clergy and congregations in support at the end is a wonderful witness of support for the freedom to marry.

Do join us at one of the wonderful celebrations tonight being held around the state this evening – you can find the locations of celebrations on our website, along with a link to the wonderful Interfaith Amicus Brief.

Blessings,

Rev. Lindi Ramsden
UU Legislative Ministry, CA

May 15, 2008: A Red Letter Day as State Supreme Court Affirms Freedom to Marry for Same Sex Couples

Prayers of thanksgiving and praise will be offered in houses of worship across California in gratitude for today’s watershed state Supreme Court ruling allowing same-sex couples to get legally married. While no clergy person, nor faith organization, will ever be forced to marry a couple that does not fit their religious requirements, today’s ruling means that no longer will faith communities who do offer the religious rites of marriage to same-sex couples be required to treat them differently.

Over 400 religious organizations, congregations and clergy from a wide range of faith traditions, signed the Interfaith Amicus Brief in support of the Marriage Case before the CA Supreme Court, voicing their deeply held commitment to end the prohibition against marriage for same sex couples. The Unitarian Universalist Association, the Union for Reform Judaism, the United Church of Christ, Soka Gakkai International-USA (Buddhist), and the Metropolitan Community Church are among the signatories that demonstrated their support for human dignity and religious freedom.

The Rev. Lindi Ramsden, Executive Director of the Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry, whose organization sponsored the Interfaith Brief, stated “Today’s court’s decision answers the prayers of people from many faiths. How beautiful that the commitment and courage of California’s same-sex couples can finally be recognized and protected, and that all Californians will now be able to marry the person they love. Today the court affirmed that the religious views of some cannot be used to restrict the rights of those with differing religious beliefs.”

Kerry Chaplin, Interfaith Organizing Director with CA Faith for Equality, a key collaborator in creating the interfaith brief stated “As a person of faith, I believe that today’s ruling reinforces what many of us were taught as children – to love and treat our neighbors like we want to be treated.”

For information about what people of faith can do to support freedom to marry, and for contacts with same-sex couples who have been married in our congregations, straight allies, and supportive clergy, please contact the UU Legislative Ministry www.uulmca.org or California Faith for Equality www.californiafaithforequality.org. Contact: Vivien Hao, director of -communications at UULM-CA (626) 818-2900.

This is the time to go on-line and make respectful and thoughtful comments in support of the court’s decision – your voices, especially as people who are part of a faith community, are needed in the on-line news sites!

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