Nationwide response to marriage issue
Two Unitarian Universalist ministers, the Rev. Kay Greenleaf and the Rev. Dawn Sangrey, face misdemeanor charges of solemnizing marriages without a license for more than twenty same-sex couples in New Paltz, N.Y., on March 6. Greenleaf and Sangrey followed the initiative of New Paltz Mayor Jason West, who started performing civil marriages for same-sex couples in February and stopped in early March when charged with the same offense.
While Unitarian Universalist ministers have been performing religious ceremonies for same-sex couples for the past 35 years, Greenleaf and Sangrey said publicly that the ceremonies they performed on March 6 were civil ceremonies. Instead of signing marriage licenses, the ministers signed notarized affidavits of marriage.
Among other developments as same-sex marriage activism spread from Massachusetts to the West Coast and back to New York: