Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Christian Left Stands Up: Progressive Church Files Suit Vs NC Gay Marriage Ban

Citing the freedoms protected by the 1st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the United Church of Christ (UCC) filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Charlotte, NC today arguing that the state’s law defining marriage as being between a man and a woman was unconstitutional. The suit argues that the law prevents UCC ministers from performing their religious duties. North Carolina not only prohibits same-sex couples from obtaining a marriage license but it also goes a step further by making it a criminal offense for ministers to conduct a wedding without determining first whether the couple has obtained a license to marry. Ministers who violate the law can face as much as 4 months in jail.

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