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Palomar Unitarian Universalist Resolution on Marriage Equality

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; was called a “fundamental right” by the California Supreme Court; and

WHEREAS many states are acting to void the recognition of same-sex marriages and to deny “full faith and credit” to such marriages including in the state of California; and

WHEREAS the debate about extending legally recognized marriage to same-sex couples has focused on the objections of certain religious communities; and

WHEREAS Palomar Unitarian Universalist Fellowship voted in 2003 to be a Welcoming Congregation taking on the commitment "to advocate for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, attend to legislative developments and work to promote justice, freedom and equality in the larger society, and speak out when the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons are at stake"; and

WHEREAS Palomar UnitarianUniversalist Fellowship Executive Board voted to oppose Proposition 8 and join the Equality for All Coaltion; and

WHEREAS the Unitarian Universalist Association has adopted 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 Unitarian Universalist Association Board of Trustees, the Unitarian Universalist
Ministers Association, and the 1996 General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association
have explicitly voted their support for the right to marry for same-sex couples;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED Palomar Unitarian Universalist Fellowship adopts a position of support of legal recognition for marriage between members of the same sex, and supports an end to the historic prejudice and discrimination gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Palomar Unitarian Universalist Fellowship make its position supporting legal marriage between persons of the same sex known by means of press and other public media; and other appropriate means.