LGBTQ - Overview
UUs were prominent at the rally in support of marriage equality in 2012.
Unitarian Universalists have been at the forefront of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights for decades. The consistency and integrity of our justice claims sends a strong and steady message that advocacy for equal rights for all is a sustainable faith principle. We believe in freedom and justice for all, without reservation or judgment of being, because we affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every person.
We are each born a unique gesture of creation that has the sacred right to thrive in our fullness. We are given the opportunity to grow in wisdom and knowledge as we encounter one another. We do this by practicing justice, equity and compassion in human relations. We do not fully understand one another at all times, so we must rely on the discipline of regarding each life as sacred beyond our full understanding. We are also helped in our journey toward understanding justice by our respect for the interdependent web of all existence. Diversity is survival. Just as ecosystems rely on diverse beings to activate a full and healthy living system, so must we empower diversity within our communities and worlds in order to come to a healthy, thriving, fullness of life.
UULM-MD Co-Chairs Betty McGarvie Crowley and Jan Bird celebrate the passage of
the statewide referendum in support of marriage equality in Maryland.
The Civil Marriage Protection Act was signed into law by Governor Martin O’Malley on March 1, 2012. Opponents of the bill petitioned it to referendum, and on November 6, 2012, Maryland voters supported the end of marriage discrimination against same-gender couples in the state. UULM-MD was a strong supporter of marriage equality in both the General Assembly and at the ballot box. UULM-MD worked as a member of the Marylanders for Marriage Equality Coalition.
UULM-MD supported the Fairness for All Marylanders Act of 2014 (SB212). We worked with the Maryland Coalition for Trans Equality in passing this historic measure, which updates the state’s anti-discrimination laws in the areas of employment, housing, public accommodations and credit to include transgender individuals. The law exempts religious employers from complying with the law for “work connected with the carrying on by such religious corporations, association, educational institution or society of its activities.”