On that day, Colorado’s Attorney General instructed City and Town Clerks around the state to begin the process of issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples. The Unitarian Universalist Ministers of the Mountain Desert District were gathered for their Fall Retreat at Sunrise Ranch in Loveland, Colorado and we all had the joy of participating in one of Colorado’s first (at least the first in Larimer County!) official and legal same sex marriage that celebrated the love and commitment of our colleague, the Reverend Gretchen Haley with her spouse, Carri Ratazzi.
It was especially meaningful for me as Gretchen, Carri and their children, Gracie and Joe, hold a very special place in my heart and in my life.
Gretchen was our church’s ministerial intern in the 2009-2010 church year and her ministry at UUCB did much to strengthen and advance the shared Developmental Ministry Goals that this congregation had set for itself to achieve. Our church also had the privilege of ordaining Gretchen to the Unitarian Universalist ministry when she received credentialing by the Ministerial Fellowship Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Association.
Gretchen currently serves as the Associate Minister of the Foothills Unitarian Church in Fort Collins (and Gretchen will be in our Boulder pulpit on November 9th!).
Our Unitarian Universalist faith has always affirmed the worth and dignity of all of life and a goodly number of us from UUCB have annually Stood on the Side of Love to get Colorado to recognize civil unions and to continue to work to have the Colorado State Legislature repeal the DOMA in our state constitution.
The NPR news continues to share (it seems like a daily update!) the growing number of states that are repealing their bans on same sex marriage and I, for one, am appreciative of the growing support around the nation for affirming (and recognizing!) that love and commitment constitute a marriage between individuals rather than any other concern.
In many ways, Unitarian Universalism is finding support for one of our basic tenets of faith by this wonderful and sweeping direction that our contemporary society is heading. It can make all of us believe more firmly that Unitarian Universalism is a faith for our changing and growing times!