People of Faith for Equality in Virginia (POFEV), together with the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax (UUCF), will gather on Valentineâ€™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. KÃ¤ren 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 Clerkâ€™s office. According to law, their request must be denied.
â€œIt is my great hope that we are moving toward a kinder and more just society in which all citizens enjoy equality under the law,â€ said Mary Katherine Morn, Parish Minister at UUCF. â€œAs 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.â€
Also attending the event is the Reverend Peter Morales, President of the Unitarian Universalist Association. In 2008, the denomination launched the â€œStanding on the Side of Loveâ€ campaign to elevate compassionate religious voices to influence public attitudes and public policy.
â€œFor Unitarian Universalists, support for marriage equality is an expression of our core religious values,â€ said Rev. Morales. â€œWe 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.â€