Stephen King’s UU daughter, marriage equality in two more states, and more

Minnesota, Rhode Island begin marriage equality, Pennsylvania at odds over it

Minnesota and Rhode Island began issuing marriage licenses for same-sex couples, while in one county in Pennsylvania, a UU minister officiated a wedding for a same-sex couple after a local official issued a marriage license despite the state’s stance against such unions.

In Rhode Island, Larry Bacon and David Burnett were one couple to get a license, and plan to get married at Channing Memorial Church, a Unitarian Universalist church in Newport. R.I., in September. (Providence Journal – 8.01.13)

In Minnesota, one couple, Gabi Wirz and Brandi Canter, recalled the commitment ceremony they had in 1997 at the St. Cloud Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. (St. Cloud Times – 8.1.13)

In Pennsylvania, Main Line Unitarian Church Associate Minister the Rev. Morgan MacLean officiated at the ceremony for Nicole Cucinotta and Tammy Davis on July 30. The couple submitted their license after the ceremony, but a state lawsuit may prevent it from being recognized. (Main Line Media News – 8.01.13)

See also: Marriage equality gains momentum ( – 5.20.13)

Stephen King’s family of writers includes UU minister

The New York Times Magazine profiled the Rev. Naomi King, a Unitarian Universalist minister, along with her siblings and father, horror novelist Stephen King. (New York Times Magazine – 8.4.13; online 07.31.13)

One expensive wedding, more divestment, an art gallery

A story about the $10 million wedding of Sean Parker—who helped found Napster and Facebook—and Alexandra Lenas, mentions the officiant, former Unitarian Universalist Association President John Buehrens, and a slideshow includes pictures of him as well. (Vanity Fair – September 2013)

The Melbourne, Australia, Unitarian Church has decided t0 divest from fossil fuel companies, joining several UU congregations in the United States. ( – 8.01.13, – 6.17.13)

The art gallery at the UU Fellowship of Door County in Ephraim, Wisc., will host the work of artist Bonnie Paruch and her students. (Green Bay Press Gazette – 8.01.13)

The General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches, which represents Unitarian churches in Britain, is celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Unitarian Toleration Act, which ended punishments for those who do not recognize the Trinity. (Church Times – 8.02.13)

See also: British Unitarians rally to save faith from extinction ( – 4.22.13)