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United Church of Christ Sues North Carolina to Allow Gay Marriage
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It was after all, their religious community and the church that had been their home for their year relationship. But there was a problem: Holy Covenant is in Charlotte, North Carolina, a state that does not allow ministers to perform legal same-sex marriages. Ministers who do marry a couple that has not yet obtained a marriage license can face misdemeanor charges punishable by up to days in jail. The UCC is also seeking preliminary injunction that would allow ministers to choose whether to perform a religious marriage. State laws prevent ministers from performing weddings if the couple does not already have a marriage license, and so religious wedding ceremonies are at odds with the law even if ministers are not sanctioning civil marriages.
The actions of a lesbian couple and their supporters caused an avalanche of religious fervor, fear and bigotry in the small southern towns of Casar and Shelby, North Carolina. Christian conservatives quickly piled on the women and their supporters condemning them as sinners and a threat to families. The Star plastered news about the camp on its front page under a bold doomsday headline. The newspaper even included a warning that the news might be considered offensive to readers.