Harry Reid thinks that same-sex marriage would undermine an institution but he fails to provide arguments to support this ("Why I see no need for same-sex marriage", The Herald, July 10).
He says: "Marriage is all about love, commitment and mutual support." These are also reasons to support equal marriage for couples who wish to enter that covenant regardless of their sexuality. It could be argued that society benefits from the stability which such committed relationships help to promote.
The Unitarian Church, among other faith communities, seeks the religious freedom to conduct weddings for same-sex couples. Glasgow Unitarian Church will be represented in the Pride Glasgow 2012 Parade on Saturday to demonstrate our support for same-sex marriage.
The General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches has consistently supported equality regardless of sexual orientation. In 1977 the Unitarian ministry was opened to all regardless of gender or sexual orientation.
In 2008 Unitarians called on the Westminster Government to introduce legislation permitting ceremonies for civil partnership to be performed in any place of worship or other premises licensed for the celebration of marriage. Legislation was passed at Westminster and enacted at the end of last year.
On the first weekend in May, 2012, a Unitarian Church in Liverpool hosted the first civil partnership ceremony conducted on religious premises in England. Such religious ceremonies for civil partnerships are not yet allowed in Scotland – only services of blessing following a registry ceremony.
The Unitarian Church was the first religious denomination in Britain to elect an openly gay leader, the Rev Dr Ann Peart, who served as president of the General Assembly for the year 2011-2012.
We belong to a liberal movement that seeks to unite people in a spirit of freedom, reason and conscience. We promote humanistic principles of respect, justice and equality and do not have any fixed creed. We embrace difference and diversity, believing that they enrich human experience and spirituality for all.
Glasgow Unitarian Church,
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