Joint Letter of Support for Marriage Equality
United Church of Christ & Unitarian Universalist Association
|Ellen Degeneras from her blog post in support of a proposition in California allowing gay marriages|
DENVER (United Church of Christ (UCC) and Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) released a joint letter of support for marriage equality for same-sex couples. About 20 faith leaders prayed together and presented their join letter.) – 72 Colorado clergy, faith leaders, and members of the
Both the UCC and the UUA have been at the forefront in the struggle for justice and equality affirming that the inherent worth and dignity of every person applies equally to people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. Both UUA and UCC congregations and clergy have long recognized and celebrated same-sex marriages within their faith traditions. For more than 30 years, both faith communities have worked for equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) persons, consistently calling for an end to discrimination, equal protection under the law, deploring LGBTQ hate crimes and violence, supporting LGBTQ relationships and families, celebrating the gifts of LGBTQ persons for ministry and encouraging all settings of the church to be open and affirming of LGBT persons, welcoming them and encouraging their participation in every aspect of the mission and ministry of the church.
Across the nation and here in Colorado, the movement to grant full marriage equality to same-sex couples is rapidly growing. As the debate surrounding marriage equality for all continues, those speaking on behalf of their religious beliefs have been among some of the most vocal opponents to same-sex marriage. Those signing the letter believe it is important for the public to know that there is an equally committed group of religious leaders and faith communities firmly in support of marriage equality for all people.
To that end, clergy and members of UCC and UUA congregations across Colorado "affirm that the conventional values that are essential to the Gospel are central to how we understand marriage in this time. We also recognize and affirm that all humans are made in the image and likeness of God and blessed by the Spirit of Love, including people of all sexual orientations. We further believe that human sexuality is a sacred gift bestowed upon all people equally. As such, we recognize and affirm full equality in marriage and that all people have the right to lead lives that express love, justice, mutuality, commitment, consent, and pleasure."
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Ellen DeGeneres has a unique take on it. She wrote a letter to the Supreme court and asked people to tweet it. The response was very strong, to say the least. Here is the letter she wrote:
Above letter from Ellen DeGeneres
Many people oppose same sex marriage because they feel it reduces the sanctity of heterosexual relationships and violates religious principles.