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Decision Day is coming!

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All of us who stand on the side of love are eagerly awaiting Decision Day. This Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday, we expect the U.S. Supreme Court to release decisions on two major marriage equality cases: the so-called federal “Defense of Marriage Act” (DOMA) and California’s Proposition 8.

I hope you will join me in honoring this day by attending one of nearly a hundred Decision Day events across the country. Click here to find details for an event in your community. If you live in the DC area, join Standing on the Side of Love staff and supporters on the steps of the Supreme Court.

Many Decision Day events will take place on the day the Supreme Court actually releases their decisions, which we will only know that morning. Keep an eye on the Standing on the Side of Love Facebook or Twitter feeds—we’ll share the news as soon as it is released.

As we interpret, process, and respond to these decisions, it is important for us to be together—to celebrate or commiserate, and to show our support for marriage equality to the larger community. Show your pride by donning your bright yellow Standing on the Side of Love t-shirts, banners, and signs.

In New York City, I will be gathering with Decision Day leaders, DOMA plaintiff Edie Windsor, and thousands more in front of Stonewall—the birthplace of the gay liberation and pride movement on its 44th anniversary week!

For me, Decision Day will be deeply meaningful for four reasons:

  1. Since 2004, I have been volunteering as a passionate marriage equality advocate, basing my activism on the Unitarian Universalist principle of the inherent worth and dignity of every person. I served as a lead organizer for the UU Fellowship of Raleigh’s 33 phone banks against our country’s last anti-gay marriage constitutional amendment in North Carolina—which tragically passed on May 8, 2012.
  2. Exactly a year later, I started a full-time job in NYC to advance the movement for marriage equality on a national level—including leading remote and in-person phone banks out of Times Square for state marriage campaigns, designing trainings on why marriage matters and how to share our stories, and helping organize Pride events and this Decision Day rally.
  3. I am also an out gay woman who someday hopes to marry the woman I love.
  4. I am originally from California and attended my first legal gay wedding in 2008 of my best friend from pre-school in our home town of Palos Verdes. I have been giving sermons at UU fellowships on Prop 8 for the past few years. I would love some news to update my sermons!

I hope you will be able to attend a Decision Day event in your community. Remember to take pictures of your Standing on the Side of Love presence and send them to love@uua.org.

Until then, here is hoping that the principles of love, equality, justice, and the inherent worth and dignity of all people—as signaled by who our government allows to marry—prevail in our Supreme Court.

In faith,

Tracy Hollister
Field Director
Marriage Equality USA


The message above went out on Monday, June 24, 2013 to Standing on the Side of Love supporters. You can sign-up for these emails here.

A Hero in North Carolina

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Tracy Hollister speaks at a Wake County Board of Commissioners' meeting, urging members not to support the amendment. (Credit: News Observer)

The Southeast District of the Unitarian Universalist Association presented Tracy Hollister with a 2012 Congregational Excellence Award from the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh last weekend in recognition of her tireless efforts to defeat Amendment One.  The amendment bans marriage, civil unions, and domestic partnerships for same-sex couples in the North Carolina state constitution.

As stated in the letter nominating her for the award:

Through her work to defeat the proposed Amendment, Tracy holds up many of our UU principles – the inherent worth and dignity of every person; justice, equity and compassion in human relations; acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations; the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large; and the goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all…

Tracy’s personal commitment is evident. She reaches out to fellow congregants, and responds quickly to questions about this issue, or how best to show support… She most recently made the difficult decision to leave her job as to leave her job [as a manager of research on corporate training] to dedicate herself full-time to defeating the Amendment…Her energy, talent, commitment, passion, and compassion are amazing.

co-chairs the UUFR Task Force to Protect All NC Families, which held forums at the
congregation and proposed a statement of conscience opposing the amendment,

Tracy’s advocacy against Amendment One is multifaceted. She co-chaired the UU Fellowship of Raleigh Task Force to Protect All North Carolina Families, which held forums at the congregation and proposed a statement of conscience opposing the amendment; co-organized a successful fundraising concert; wrote and directed two videos for the Coalition to Protect All North Carolina Families; and organized 33 phone banks at the Fellowship to identify like-minded voters and get out the vote. Tracy recruited about seven volunteer “staff” to run these phone banks, including Tracy’s best friend and chief phone bank captain Maddy Goss, who was largely responsible for making the phone bank the success that it was. Tracy feels Maddy is equally deserving of this award.

Though Amendment One passed earlier this week, enshrining discrimination into the North Carolina state constitution, Tracy’s work has had an enormous impact on the Raleigh community and is an inspiration to us all. Thank you, Tracy–you are truly a hero.

Speaking Out for LGBT Families in North Carolina

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The Coalition to Protect All North Carolina Families just released a new video to motivate fair-minded, compassionate and reasonable NC citizens to take specific action to help defeat the discriminatory, anti-gay, and anti-family Amendment One. The amendment will be on the May ballot and, if passed, would ban marriage, civil unions, and domestic partnerships between same-gender couples.

and encourage others to do so by following instructions on this page:
http://uufrprotectsncfamilies.blogspot.com/p/epledge.html
2) Donate to get our message out: https://protectallncfamilies.ngpvanhost.com/crmapi/contribute
3) Sign up for easy “get out the vote” (GOTV) reminder calls to those who pledged to vote against between April 19 and May 5th: http://www.protectncfamilies.org/volunteer
For those in the Raleigh area, we have free food at our “happening” phone banks from 6-9pm:
http://uufrprotectsncfamilies.blogspot.com/p/phone-bank.html
THANKS in advance for protecting the rights of NC”s unmarried couples and their children!
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About this Video: This video was written and directed by Tracy Hollister, Leader of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh’s Task Force to Protect All Families, which is a member of the Coalition to Protect All NC Families. It was filmed at UUFR on March 24th, 2012 with the video assistance of Eric Preston, Art Lieberman and Karl Ulrich, who did the editing.

If you live in North Carolina, here’s what you can do to make a difference:

1) Take the pledge to vote agains Amendment One and encourage others to do so by following these instructions.

2) Donate to help get the message out.

3) Sign up for easy “get out the vote” (GOTV) reminder calls to those who pledged to vote against Amendement One.

This video was written and directed by Tracy Hollister, leader of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh’s Task Force to Protect All Families, which is a member of the Coalition to Protect All NC Families. It was filmed at UUFR with assistance from Eric Preston, Art Lieberman and Karl Ulrich. Tracy has a phenomenal commitment to the work for justice for LGBT families in North Carolina. She even resigned from her job in order to dedicate herself to working full-time against the amendment. Bravo, Tracy!