When the news first broke that Montgomery County Register of Wills D. Bruce Hanes was issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, the congregation of Main Line Unitarian Church (MLUC) was abuzz with excitement. The church has a long history of advocating for marriage equality, and is designated as a Welcoming Congregation by the Unitarian Universalist Association. This means MLUC has taken specific steps to welcome individuals of any gender identity or sexual orientation.
The issue of marriage equality is also very important to Rev. Morgan R. McLean, Associate Minister at MLUC. She and her new husband chose to be married in Maryland to demonstrate their disagreement with Pennsylvania’s marriage law. When Morgan was asked to sign one of the marriage licenses issued by Hanes, she agreed without hesitation. Fully aware of potential legal complications and personal consequences, Morgan chose to stand on the side of love, and will continue to sign licenses, perform marriage ceremonies, and speak out on this extremely significant topic.
McLean says, “The couples I have married this week have shown exactly what I hope to see whenever two people come to me for marriage. They are loving, committed couples.”
She continues, “Many members of Main Line Unitarian Church, people I love and care for, face the heart-breaking reality that their love cannot be legally recognized in Pennsylvania. It is past time to treat couples in love equally under the law.”
McLean has the full support of the MLUC congregation. Rich Fritzson, longtime member and current President of the Board of Trustees, says, “I and the members of this congregation are very proud of Rev. Morgan for her willingness to lead on this important matter. The first principle of Unitarian Universalism is to promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person. We’re honored that our church can host this affirmation of love, worth, and dignity for this couple, and in support of all couples who deserve to have their loving relationships legally recognized.”
Rev. Morgan and MLUC members will continue to monitor the ongoing legal suits filed by the state Department of Health, Montgomery County, and the ACLU. All are hoping that love prevails.
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