96-14 Pacific Yearly Meeting approves the following Minute on Equality
of Marriage Rights.
Quakers, some of the reasons we recognize marriages are to affirm the
individuals in their choice, to support loving
families, and to strengthen our spiritual community. It is also
fundamental to Quaker faith and practice that we honor the
equality and integrity of all human beings.
it is our belief that it is consistent with Quakers’ historical
faith and testimonies that we practice a single standard of treatment
for all couples who wish to marry.
Given that the State offers legal recognition of oppositegender
marriage and extends significant privileges to couples
who legally marry, we believe that a commitment to equality
requires that same-gender couples have the same rights and
we believe that the State should permit gay and lesbian couples to
marry and share fully and equally in the
rights and responsibilities of marriage.
minute quoted above was approved at Chico, California by the Pacific
Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends in August 1996.