A FIRST? Major Christian denomination challenging North Carolina's ban on gay marriage
By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
4/29/2014 (3 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
It's the first many have noticed a mainline, Christian denomination standing up for same-sex marriage. The United Church of Christ has joined the national debate on homosexual equivalency in a roundabout way. The church is challenging North Carolina's ban on same-sex marriage, arguing that Amendment One violates the church's constitutional guarantee to freedom of religion.
The Rev. Dr. Bernard Wilson, left, and the Rev. Mike Schuenemeyer address a press conference this morning at the Cleveland headquarters of the United Church of Christ, which filed suit in Charlotte, N.C., challenging the constitutionality of the state's anti-same-sex marriage law.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - This is likely the first challenge by a national Christian denomination of a state's gay marriage ban, according to the church's officials.
Amendment One, the church argues, makes it a crime for its clergy to officiate a marriage between two people of the same sex - which they say 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 says. "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."
The Cleveland-headquartered United Church of Christ filed a lawsuit in federal court in Charlotte today challenging a North Carolina law that prevents gay couples from obtaining a marriage license, and which makes it a crime for ministers to officiate at a same-sex marriage ceremony.
Proponents of North Carolina's ban on gay marriage have 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, says.
"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 and ordained an openly gay man in 1972.
The lawsuit was filed in a federal court in Charlotte.
Copyright 2017 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK
Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for OCTOBER 2017
Workers and the Unemployed. That all workers may receive respect and protection of their rights, and that the unemployed may receive the opportunity to contribute to the common good.
Catholic ethics and church law must be at the center of a merger of two major Catholic health care systems that, if approved, will create ... continue reading
While fires in southern California continue to threaten thousands of homes, Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles reflected that God can be ... continue reading
Roy Moore is Alabama's former top judge and is running as a staunch, Christian conservative for the Senate. His election is important ... continue reading
This week, TIME Magazine announced a group of women and men as their collective Person of the Year. Denver, Colo. (CNA/EWTN News) - What do ... continue reading
Police have arrested a would-be suicide bomber after a bomb he built detonated prematurely. The bomber was taken to the hospital and is ... continue reading
by Catholic Online
- St. Olympias: Saint of the Day for Sunday, December 17, 2017
- Church reviews possible Catholic hospital mega-merger
- Daily Reading for Tuesday, December 19th, 2017 HD Video
- Commission recommends Church end priestly celibacy and confession to ...
- Daily Readings for Sunday, December 17, 2017
- Australia asks Church to end celibacy and confession to fight child ...
- Indonesia rejects law that would criminalize sex outside of marriage
- Daily Reading for Monday, December 18th, 2017 HD
- Daily Reading for Sunday, December 17th, 2017 HD
- Daily Reading for Saturday, December 16th, 2017 HD
- The Net Neutrality Scam: Get ready to pay a lot more for a lot less HD
Learn about Catholic world
Inform - Inspire - Ignite
Catholic Online Saints
Your saints explained
Catholic Online Prayers
Prayers for every need
Catholic Online Bible
Complete bible online
Catholic Online News
Your news Catholic eye
Today's bible reading
Products and services we offer
Catholic Online Shopping
Catholic medals, gifts & books
The California Network
Inspiring streaming service
Learn the Catholic way