Books stacked up to the rafters line the perimeter of Rev. Gail Marriner’s study. “It’s an occupational hazard,” she says. “When you’re talking in front of people every week, you better have fresh material to share with them.”
Her church, Unitarian Universalist—which was also involved in the civil rights and feminist movements—has openly embraced a fresh topic on the minds of many New Mexicans, that of same-sex marriage, since 1984.