First Unitarian becomes third Louisville church to support marriage equality (UPDATED)

Following in the footsteps of Douglass Boulevard Christian Church, Old Louisville’s First Unitarian Church has become the second third Christian ministry in the city to decline issuing marriage licenses to straight couples so long as same-sex marriage remains illegal.

UPDATED: Technically speaking, the first church in Louisville to do so was Clifton’s Universalist Unitarian church in 2004. (D’oh!)

From The C-J:

The congregation of the historic church voted Sunday to ask (Rev. Dawn) Cooley not to sign such licenses “until such time as Kentucky ceases to discriminate against same sex couples with respect to civil marriage.”

Cooley said heterosexual couples have the option of having their marriage license signed by a justice of the peace — or “choose not to have their licenses signed, and stand with gay & lesbian couples and not participate in civil marriage until it is a civil right.”

You can read Cooley’s blog post on First Unitarian’s decision here, which should elicit some kind of outrage from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President Al Mohler, who’s no stranger to chiding other churches for being diverse, accepting of differing views and otherwise “evolving” with the times.

One Comment

  1. Delvan A. Ramey
    Posted July 11, 2011 at 10:08 am | Permalink

    While First Unitarian, like many churches in the UUA, has historical Judeo-Christian roots, it has no creed. So it is not strictly correct to call it a Christian church. UU’s welcome all who respect a common humanity without placing requirements and restrictions on what anyone believes. See http://www.uua.org/ for details!
    Thanks,
    Del Ramey

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