Statements of Support

"DignityUSA believes that the institution of marriage will be - and needs to be - strengthened throughout our country by a deeper understanding of the real nature of marriage as the loving, intimate relationship between two consenting adults. This is gender neutral and equally applicable to same- or opposite-gender marriages whether civil marriage or church-blessed marriage. Further we have on our website an article by a teaching Catholic theologian "The Call to Wed: Why Catholics Should Celebrate Same Sex Marriage" which reinforces the basis for our beliefs from a Catholic perspective."

Sam Sinnett
President, DignityUSA

"I enthusiastically applaud today's opinion from the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. As they did in the Goodridge decision, the court once again has resoundingly affirmed the right to equal protection and due process for all Massachusetts citizens as guaranteed under the state's constitution. Unitarian Universalists are delighted by the Court's refusal to create "a second-class of citizens by status discrimination." As we learned through our country's bitter history of racial discrimination, separate but equal does not work. As the large banner on the side of our Beacon Hill headquarters building proclaims, Unitarian Universalists believe that civil marriage is a civil right."

—The Rev. William G. Sinkford
UUA President
from "UUA President Applauds Ruling in Favor of Same Sex Marriage" — read full press release

"In the spirit of freedom, justice, civil rights, and equal protection under the law for all human beings, the Buddhist Peace Fellowship supports civil marriage for same-gender couples who choose to marry and to share fully and equally in the rights and responsibilities of marriage. We oppose a U.S. constitutional amendment to prohibit the basic civil right of marriage for same-gender couples."

—Buddhist Peace Fellowship
from their e-newsletter — read newsletter

"The desire that full rights be extended to lesbians and gays reflects the Jewish belief that gays and lesbians are human beings created in the image of God. The time has come for that truth to guide our culture, and religious Jews should not be hesitant in saying so."

—Rabbi David Ellerson
President of the Hebrew Union College,
Jewish Institute of Religion
from "Countering the Family Values Monopoly" — read full article

"The way to the future is always paved by extending, not restricting, liberties, especially to those who heretofore have been excluded. The health of a republic may well be determined by its capacity to adapt itself to the extension of its own privileges and responsibilities to those whom it would be easy by custom and conviction to ignore."

—Peter J. Gomes, American Baptist Minister
Plummer Professor of Christian Morals
and Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church, Harvard University
from "For Massachusetts, a chance and a choice" (Boston Globe; 2/8/2004) — read full article

"'The breadth of overall support demonstrates that young adults are doing more than showing simple support for fairness and tolerance toward homosexuals,' according to a report on the survey issued by Lake Snell Perry, which conducted the survey. 'For them, these values transcend the realm of gay issues and have become part of their larger view of the way America should look.'"

—Gill Foundation Press Release
from "Young Americans Support Civil Unions, Marriage, and Protection for Gays and Lesbians" — read full press release

"I invite you to support and defend everyone's right to love whomever they will and lawfully to marry if that is where their hearts lead. That, I believe, is the meaning of freedom. That is the meaning of compassion. That is the meaning of justice."

—Fred Small
Pastor of First Church Unitarian in Littleton, Massachusetts
from sermon "Why Gay Marriage Matters"