February 11, 2010 at 11:12 am EST | by Staff reports
Md. pastor to stop signing marriage certificates

The pastor of a Unitarian Universalist Church inside the Capital Beltway is announcing Sunday that she will stop signing Maryland marriage certificates until they’re available to same-sex couples.

Rev. Diane Teichert of Paint Branch Church in Adelphi, Md., said in a statement that her Valentine’s Day declaration is part of the interfaith Standing on the Side of Love campaign, which promotes “respect for the inherent worth and dignity of every person.”

“Valentine’s Day is about more than romance and chocolates,” she said. “It’s about the transforming power of love in our lives. And so we are re-imagining a Valentine’s Day when gay couples can be open about their romances and commitments, and even marry in Maryland.”

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  • Just a note to say hooray for the Rev. Diane Teichert. This is a simple question of Human rights and Human dignity. Lawmakers who continue to cower behind their fear will end up being left behind.

  • Thanks to Diane for standing publicly on the side of love. I’m glad to be a minister in Massachusetts, where it is my privilege to perform marriage ceremonies for all the loving couples who wish to marry. May all our states come to recognize that civil marriage is a civil right.

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