The UCC actively affirms the LGBT community and works for LGBT equality, although local congregations vary in support. The UCC Coalition for LGBT Concerns is a grassroots group growing the number of open and affirming UCC churches, which now number more than 1,000.
In 1972, the UCC ordained the first openly gay pastor in a mainline denomination; they recognize and ordain openly LGBT clergy.
The UCC recognizes and allows clergy to perform same-gender marriages and unions; decision to do so rests with individual clergy. Actively works for marriage equality.