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.”