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Hope amidst disappointing election results

Cincinnati offers a bright spot for UU causes.
By Staff Writer
January/February 2005 1.1.05

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Cincinnati, Ohio, offered a bright spot amidst otherwise bleak election results for Unitarian Universalist causes when voters repealed an 11-year-old ban against gay rights laws. In 1993 voters forbade the city from enacting laws based on sexual orientation—becoming the only city in the nation with such a provision in its charter.

UU congregations in Cincinnati worked as part of a coalition to overturn the ban. St. John's Unitarian Universalist Church unanimously adopted a resolution in September against the ban. Members of the First Unitarian Church, the Heritage Unitarian Universalist Church, and the Northern Hills Fellowship were also active in the coalition.

In other election news, four Unitarian Universalists ran for the Wyoming state legislature. Only one, Sen. Charlie Scott, a Republican from Casper, was reelected. The other three were Democrats.

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