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When Unitarian Universalists are called upon to take a position on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender human rights issues our response is overwhelming: the human family is one; the fears and hatred that divide us must be overcome.  Human loving and human sexuality are not less sacred and good when shared between members of the same sex.

Meeting in our annual General Assemblies, Unitarian Universalists have:

1970    Called for an end to discrimination against gay and lesbian people in the denomination and in society, declaring the private consensual sexual behavior is nobody else’s business.

1973    Established an Office of Lesbian and Gay Concerns.

1977    Denounced Anita Bryant’s anti-gay crusade.

1980    Called for an end to discrimination against gay and lesbian ministers in the Association.

1984    Recognized gay and lesbian services of union.

1987    Called for full legal recognition of gay and lesbian relationships and an end to “sodomy” laws.  When a major conference must be held in a state with “sodomy” laws, the conference is to include a protest.  Urged UUs not to do business with companies that discriminate.

1996    Reaffirmed the call for legalization of marriage between same-sex partners.

1997    Recognized Disney and other companies whose employment practices and benefits do not discriminate based on sexual orientation.

First Universalist Unitarian Church of Wausau, recognizing that churches have for centuries been at the very center of oppression around sex, sexuality, and gender expression, explicitly identifies itself as “A Welcoming Congregation.”

HERE is a link to the UUA's Office of Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Concerns.

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