Unitarian Universalists in Maryland Lead Interfaith Efforts to End Marriage Discrimination
Things are heating up in the Old Line State, also known as Maryland, also known as the Free State.
After years of working to end marriage discrimination, equality is finally in sight.
Unitarian Universalists are playing a leading role in these efforts. Two weeks ago, the UU Church of Annapolis hosted a press conference for interfaith leaders, announcing support for the legislation.
Rev. Lisa Ward of the UU Fellowship of Harford County presented testimony on the bill in the State Senate, telling legislators:
I stand with many colleagues, of many faiths, who know God’s presence is in the dignity, freedom and fidelity of loving couples and recognize same-sex marriage as equally sacred to heterosexual marriage.
On National Standing on the Side of Love Day, the UU Legislative Ministry of Maryland delivered more than 1,000 Valentines to legislators asking for their support of the Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act.
Standing on the Side of Love Campaign Manager Dan Furmansky is working full-time to help Equality Maryland prepare for the Senate vote and the hearing in the house.
The UU Legislative Ministry of Maryland applied for a Standing on the Side of Love grant to augment their efforts to reach legislators. Here is a video initiated by the UULM that they are sharing with legislators and faith communities:
Rev. John Crestwell of the UU Church of Annapolis is preparing to testify this Friday during the hearing in the House of Delegates.
Stay tuned – the Maryland Senate will likely vote up or down on the marriage bill by the end of this week!