For Miami Valley's interim pastor, Martha Hodges, this union wasn't an attempt to fuel a national debate about same-sex marriage.
It was, simply, the first time she
had ever led a lesbian couple into holy matrimony.And she
hopes it won't be her
"It was wonderful and very moving," Hodges
said."It was great to know our congregation was supporting this couple in the choice they made to commit their lives to each other."
Despite polls that say 70 percent of Americans oppose same-sex marriages, the Unitarian Universalist Church
, locally and nationwide, remains firm in its conviction that same sex couples must have the legal right to marry and enjoy the same benefits and privileges as heterosexual couples.
"We have a long history of calling for the legal recognition of same-sex marriage," Hodges
doesn't buy Dobson's argument.
"My explanation is that at heart we are still a very homophobic society," she