UUFT Topeka Church Supports Same Sex Marriage in Kansas

Contact:FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Shaun Kelly(March 23, 2014) Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Topeka 785-272-9233 office@uuft.org

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Topeka Announces Support for Same Sex Marriage in Kansas

Topeka, KS: The Governing Board and Congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Topeka announces it voted to adopt a Statement of Principle supporting marriage equality in Kansas. The Congregation and Board also voted to support, in principle, the legal challenges of same-sex couples against the Kansas Department of Revenue.

The Statement of Principle was adopted by the Congregation and Board on March 23, 2014. The principle states:

The congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Topeka supports the equal and fair treatment of individuals within the LGBTQ community. To that end, we support the rights of same sex couples to marry in the State of Kansas and enjoy all the rights under the law afforded to opposite sex couples.

The Board also noted its support of recent litigation filed on behalf of same-sex couples seeking legal recognition of their out-of-state marriages by Kansas. Nelson, et al., v. Kansas Department of Revenue (Case No. 13-C1465) was filed in Shawnee County District Court on December 30, 2013.

UUFT joins the UU Fellowship in Manhattan in public support of marriage equality in Kansas.

UUFT’s has a history of promoting inclusiveness in Topeka. In 1977, Topeka Unitarian Universalists co-sponsored a presentation by openly homosexual Minnesota State Senator Alan Spears. The presentation was an alternative to anti-gay activist Anita Bryant who came to Topeka to advocate the denial of equal rights. In 2013, UUFT testified in support of a non-discrimination ordinance considered and passed by the Topeka City Council.

UUFT was proclaimed a “Welcoming Congregation” by the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Office of Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Concerns. The Welcoming Congregation Program is a completely volunteer program for congregations that see a need to become more inclusive of b/g/l/t persons.

About UUFT: The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Topeka is a religious society. Our Vision is to be a spiritual home and beacon of liberal religious expression in Topeka. Our Mission is to encourage and support personal religious journeys and ethical living by providing a community that consistently embraces and affirms the Unitarian Universalist principles. For more information, visit our website at www.uuft.org

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