American Ethical Union Statement on Prop 8 and DOMA Decisions

The American Ethical Union (AEU) celebrates with justice loving people across the country. The U. S. Supreme Court’s decision that the federal government cannot discriminate against married lesbian and gay couples for the purposes of determining federal benefits and protections is an ethical decision leading towards full marriage equality. The day will soon come when every loving couple can publicly and legally declare their commitment to one another.

The AEU has long supported the right of same sex couples to marry and hopes the decision today moves the country closer to universal acceptance of this right. We continue to work for social justice for all.

The AEU also congratulates the thousands of couples in the State of California whose marriages are deemed legal with the Supreme Court’s refusal to decide on California’s Proposition 8, and looks forward to the resumption of same sex marriages in that state.

Executive Director, Bart Worden, noted, “This is a great day for marriage equality. And, though we realize there is much to be done, our hopes have been buoyed by the court’s decision which has also increased our confidence that we will soon see nationwide legalization of same sex marriage!”

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About James Croft

James Croft is the Leader in Training at the Ethical Culture Society of St. Louis - one of the largest Humanist congregations in the world. He is a graduate of the Universities of Cambridge and Harvard, and is currently writing his Doctoral dissertation as a student at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is an in-demand public speaker, an engaging teacher, and a passionate activist for human rights. James was raised on Shakespeare, Sagan and Star Trek, and is a proud, gay Humanist. His upcoming book "The Godless Congregation", co-authored with New York Times bestselling author Greg Epstein, is being published by Simon & Schuster.


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