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Church Sues North Carolina Ban On Gay Marriage as a Violation of Their Religious Freedom

Posted by on Apr. 28, 2014 at 7:49 PM
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United Church Of Christ Challenges North Carolina Ban On Gay Marriage

A meeting of an LGBT support group at the United Church of Christ, in Holladay, Utah.

Douglas C. Pizac/AP

The United Church of Christ is joining the national debate on the future of gay marriage in a novel way: The church filed a lawsuit on Mondaychallenging North Carolina's ban on same-sex marriage, saying Amendment One violates the church's constitutional guarantee to freedom of religion.

According to the church, this is likely the first challenge by a national Christian denomination of a state's gay marriage ban.

Amendment One, the church argues, makes it a crime for their clergy to officiate a marriage between two people of the same sex. That, the church argues, puts a limit on the church's exercise of religion.

"It is unfortunate that, even today, laws are designed to treat gay and lesbian people unequally," the Rev. Geoffrey A. Black, the church's general minister and president said in a statement. "In its efforts to restrict gay marriage, the State of North Carolina has restricted one of the essential freedoms of our ministers and of all Americans."

As The New York Times reports, this case is one of about 70 working their way through different states. Most of them, however, have been argued based on the 14th Amendment's Equal Protection Clause.

Proponents of North Carolina's ban on gay marriage dismissed the lawsuit.

"This is sadly, and predictably, the 'lawsuit of the week' filed by those who want to impose same-sex marriage on North Carolina, in spite of the fact that 61 percent of the voters passed the Marriage Amendment two years ago," Tami Fitzgerald, executive director of the NC Values Coalition, said in a statement.

She went on:

"It's both ironic and sad that an entire religious denomination and its clergy who purport holding to Christian teachings on marriage would look to the courts to justify their errant beliefs. These individuals are simply revisionists that distort the teaching of Scripture to justify sexual revolution, not marital sanctity."

The United Church of Christ has recognized gay marriage since 2005. It ordained an openly gay man in 1972.

The lawsuit was filed in a federal court in Charlotte.

by on Apr. 28, 2014 at 7:49 PM
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FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Apr. 28, 2014 at 7:49 PM
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I just posted about this.

These people are truly kind and good Christians.

NWP
by guerrilla girl on Apr. 28, 2014 at 7:50 PM
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Sorry I didn't see your post...just jumped right in here head first! 

I agree.

Quoting FromAtoZ:

I just posted about this.

These people are truly kind and good Christians.


Euphoric
by Bazinga! on Apr. 28, 2014 at 9:49 PM
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gay pride ribbon


FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Apr. 28, 2014 at 9:56 PM
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There is no logical reason to suppress these Christians.  

Every human deserves equal rights.

The ignorance of what I have read does not surprise me.


FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Apr. 28, 2014 at 9:58 PM
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Being 'Christ like' involves lying, being deceitful and not owning your words.

Who knew!

Euphoric
by Bazinga! on Apr. 28, 2014 at 9:59 PM

Do some people just not understand that not everyone is religous, and doesn't follow a book? Good grief it's not complicated.

FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Apr. 28, 2014 at 10:03 PM
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When all one has to offer is quoting the Bible should we assume they lack the ability to think for themselves?


JoshRachelsMAMA
by JRM on Apr. 28, 2014 at 10:07 PM
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I understand their argument. If there is a law making what a pastor does a crime in relation to his duties in the church, then yes, that is an encroachment on religious freedom.

It's not about gay marriage, it's about the law and it's effects on freedom of religion.
jean_marie1987
by Member on Apr. 28, 2014 at 10:17 PM
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Insulting people is no way to show God's love. If you disagree, do so with a pure heart, not one tainted with the sin of spite.

I think these churches are doing the right thing. Who cares if they agree or disagree? They are sharing God's love of all and acknowledging our rights as religious Americans under the Constitution. If the government takes these few rights away from the church, then what's next?
4evrinbluejeans
by KK on Apr. 28, 2014 at 10:18 PM
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wow...clean up on aisle 12

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