The General Assembly of the Unitarian-Universalist Association (UUA) has endorsed resolutions favoring legalized abortion, homosexual rights, the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, substantial U.S. initiatives for nuclear disarmament and a U.S.-Canadian grain bank as a hedge against the possibility of world famine.
Most of the delegates' actions were unanimous or close to it.
One resolution supported a decision of the UUA board of trustees not to hold UUA meetings in states which have not ratified the Equal Rights Amendment.
Another resolution deplored the Save Our Children campaign led by singer Anita Bryant which resulted in the repeal in a Dade County, Fla., referendum of a local law prohibiting discrimination against homosexauls in housing and employment.
Those who spoke against the resolution on nuclear disarmament feared the UUA approach might jeopardize the current strategic arms limitations talks (SALT) between the U.S. and the Soviet Union.
Delegates also urged that Vietnam veterants who received less than honorable discharges between 1961-75, and all Vietnam-era military deserters, be given honorable discharges and that the police records of civilians who engaged in nonviolent antiwar acts be cleared.
Newly elected UUA president, the Rev. Paul Carnes of Buffalo, said, "I hope to bring our denomination once again to the attention of our society as an authentic religious alternative."
The Boston-based association has about 1,000 U.S. and Canadian congregations with a membership of about 150,000.