April 29, 2014
The United Church of Christ filed a lawsuit Monday, April 28, 2014, arguing that a North Carolina marriage law violates the principle of “free exercise of religion.”
The marriage law was passed by North Carolina voters in 2012. It limited marriage to a man and a woman, but also made it a Class 1 misdemeanor for a minister to perform a marriage ceremony for a couple that had not obtained a marriage license.
Marriage licenses are not available to same-sex couples in North Carolina. The United Church of Christ, as a denomination, supports marriage equality.
posted by Marg Herder