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Tue Apr 29, 2014, 08:31 AM

United Church of Christ sues over NC ban on same-sex marriage

A group of Charlotte-area ministers helped launch the country’s first faith-based challenge to same-sex marriage bans, claiming in a lawsuit filed Monday that North Carolina’s laws block them from practicing their religion.

The local religious leaders, who include a rabbi, are joined by colleagues from Asheville and Raleigh along with a national denomination, the United Church of Christ. All support the rights of same-sex couples to marry.

They say state prohibitions, including a constitutional amendment passed by voters in 2012, violate their First Amendment right of freedom of religion. And they are asking the federal courts in the Western District of North Carolina to overturn the ban as quickly as possible.

“North Carolina judges some of its citizens as unfit for the blessings of God. We reject that notion,” said the Rev. Nancy Allison, pastor of Holy Covenant United Church of Christ and one of the plaintiffs in the case.

The sacraments of baptism and communion are open to all, she said. “So should all God’s children be able to receive marriage.”

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2014/04/28/4871111/united-church-of-christ-sues-over.html

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Tue Apr 29, 2014, 09:18 AM

1. Cathy and Joanne are my husband's cousins.

So proud of them!

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Tue Apr 29, 2014, 10:24 AM

2. Suggest they also point out the NC law is an example of putting Shria Law

into NC's civil law. Really make the right wing go crazy.

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