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Monday, May 10, 2004

Liberal denomination in the news.

The front page of today's Boston Globe presents a long profile of the Unitarian Universalist Association's widespread support for gay marriage: "Unitarians looking to gay marriage: Denomination set to 'make history,'" by Michael Paulson.

(And here's the cover story of the May/June UU World, the denominational magazine where I work: "'We Do': As same-sex marriage comes to Massachusetts, how deeper and broader trends have made the rest of the country more tolerant, too," by Neil Miller.)

Update: There's more: "For town that denied rights, altar is now set," by Yvonne Abraham in Saturday's Globe, describes the wedding plans of the plaintiffs in the Goodridge decision — four of which will involve a Unitarian Universalist minister. (Although the article doesn't mention it, so will the Goodridge wedding. That makes at least five out of the seven couples in the case.)

And Michelle Deakin writes in the cover story of Sunday's Boston Globe Magazine about parents' diverse reactions to their adult gay children's marriage plans. The first part of the story features a Unitarian Universalist:

When [Anne] Toran learned that Katy was a lesbian 16 years ago, she cried. "It wasn't because she was any less my baby. She is my baby," Toran says of her youngest daughter, who's now 38. "It was because I thought her life would be more difficult than my other daughters'. But it hasn't turned out that way."

It was Katy's coming out that spurred Toran to come out as an activist. "My agenda from the day Katy told me she was a lesbian has been that this is one of my children, and she is the same as my other children, and she deserves the same of everything," says Toran. That has meant major changes for Toran, a lifelong Catholic who was educated in parochial schools and shepherded each of her daughters through a Catholic upbringing. She abandoned that church after hearing the minister of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Falmouth speak out at the first of many gay rights rallies she has marched in, and she has embraced a more liberal religious philosophy ever since. With her mother proudly in attendance, Katy, who works in San Francisco as a transit planner, and her partner, Joanna Totino, had a commitment ceremony at Toran's church four years ago. When they make their annual visit to the Cape this summer, Katy and Joanna will get a marriage license, with their baby daughter in tow.

("The (new) parent trap: With Massachusetts on the brink of making history by becoming the first state to allow gays to legally marry, the parents of many gay couples find themselves torn between the love for their children and a traditional view of marriage," Michelle Bates Deakin, Boston Globe Magazine 5.9.04)

Copyright © 2004 by Philocrites | Posted 10 May 2004 at 8:22 AM

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May 10, 2004 03:48 PM | Permalink for this comment

allelujah, UUs! it makes me proud to say i'm part of such an open minded faith which is so compassionate towards gays.

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