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Unitarian Universalists in Maryland Lead Interfaith Efforts to End Marriage Discrimination

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Feb 22, 2011

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!

5 Responses to “Unitarian Universalists in Maryland Lead Interfaith Efforts to End Marriage Discrimination”

  1. Karen Scott says:

    This video brought tears to my eyes and made me SO PROUD to be a UU. I have been a regular financial supporter of Standing on the Side of Love for over a year now, and things have been tough for my wife and I lately. In looking back over my finances, there were several things that I decided to cut back on, but my support of SOSL was NOT one of them. This is why.

    On October 16th, my beloved and I stood on the banks of the Potomac River in D.C., and with the help and support of a local UU minister, we exchanged vows and became legally married; something we cannot yet do in our home state of Florida. Now, we read that the US House of Representatives, none of whom actually represent D.C., but who have the unbelievable ability to rescind laws passed there, are making a push to roll back marriage equality in the nation’s capitol. It’s maddening! So please, keep up the excellent work, SOSL. And if you are out there and you believe in marriage equality, toss your coins in the hat. Every little bit helps!

  2. Karen Scott says:

    Make that October 11th. What a thing to make a typo on!

  3. Flood the U.S. House with messages of Standing on the Side of Love via emsil and faxes
    And not only about marriage equality but also about legislating the Nation with Love and not Hate and devilishness.
    May The Blessings Be

  4. Ken Shilling says:

    I am glad to see so many clergy from different faith in support of marriage equality.

    Let us have the freedom of religion to marry and to love,as is our right.

  5. Thanks a ton for another excellent write-up. Where else could any person get that type of information such an excellent way of writing? I’ve a presentation in a few days, and I am on the search for such information.

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