Gay Marriage Supporters Plan Valentine’s Day Rally at Fairfax Courthouse

graphicPeople of Faith for Equality in Virginia (POFEV), together with the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax (UUCF), will gather on Valentine’s Day, February 14, outside the Fairfax County Courthouse support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) couples who cannot legally obtain a marriage license in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Co-sponsoring the event are the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington and the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) represented by UUA President Reverend Peter Morales. Several other faith traditions will also be represented.

At 2:00 p.m., Rev. Kären Rasmussen and Barb Brehm, longtime Fairfax residents who are both retired Navy veterans and have been domestic partners for 26 years, will enter the courthouse and request a marriage license from the Clerk’s office. According to law, their request must be denied.

“It is my great hope that we are moving toward a kinder and more just society in which all citizens enjoy equality under the law,” said Mary Katherine Morn, Parish Minister at UUCF. “As a spiritual leader, I am especially concerned about protecting and supporting all those who seek to create loving families — the foundation of our great country. I look forward to working with other people of faith to realize equal rights for LGBT citizens in Virginia.”

 As Rasmussen and Brehm emerge from the courthouse, the clergy members will offer a blessing for all LGBT couples present. It is expectred to be the largest marriage equality event to date in Fairfax County.

Also attending the event is the Reverend Peter Morales, President of the Unitarian Universalist Association. In 2008, the denomination  launched the “Standing on the Side of Love” campaign to elevate compassionate religious voices to influence public attitudes and public policy.

“For Unitarian Universalists, support for marriage equality is an expression of our core religious values,” said Rev. Morales. “We affirm the inherent worth and dignity of all people. We believe our laws should treat all people equally and with compassion. We are determined to stand on the side of love and to stand for equal treatment of our LGBT brothers and sisters.”

 

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