Marriage Equality Resources from the UCC
Information to Help You Compose a Letter to the Editor
General Info Regarding R74
Get the Facts Q&A
Why Marriage Matters
Washington United for Marriage
Good Overview Article about opposing sides of R74
Great Video Images to go with Macklemore’s “Same Love”.
According to our sources, this video was filmed at All Pilgrims Church in Seattle, a UCC/Disciples of Christ church!
Ads by Washington United for Marriage:
High quality personal accounts of why everyone deserves the freedom to marry, some related to faith, some just poignant:
The current Oppose R74 Ad:
Among the “busted” claims in the ad are these:
CLAIM: “Gays and Lesbians already have the same legal rights as married couples.”
FACTS: While domestic partnerships are legal in Washington, states that have passed such laws have found them to be fundamentally unequal and harmful. [See here, here, and here.] As the Supreme Court of Connecticut wrote in 2008 when it struck down a statute that prohibited same-sex marriage, civil unions and marriage “are by no means ‘equal.’” The court explained in its opinion: “Despite the truly laudable effort of the legislature in equalizing the legal rights afforded same sex and opposite sex couples, there is no doubt that civil unions enjoy a lesser status in our society than marriage.”
CLAIM: Marriage “was created for the care and well-being of the next generation.”
FACTS: Many households headed by same-sex couples in the U.S. are raising children. According to the U.S. Census, approximately 20 percent of same-sex couples are raising nearly 250,000 children. Children being raised by loving, committed same-sex couples – like all children – deserve the protections that come from allowing their parents to marry.
CLAIM: “When laws like 74 have occurred elsewhere, people who disagree have faced lawsuits, fines, and punishment.”
FACTS: A Seattle Times national investigation “failed to turn up any evidence that same-sex marriage had produced a rash of suits involving businesspeople.” The newspaper “also checked with human rights commissions in four of the six states where marriage is legal; the commissions said there was not an increase in discrimination findings or suits involving same sex marriage.”