North Carolina Clergy File Suit Over State Law That Prevents Them From Marrying Gay Couples
Clergymen in North Carolina are angry about same-sex marriage, but this time not in the way that you might think!
According to Raw Story, a group of clergymen filed a lawsuit in the state challenging North Carolina's Amendment One, which bans same-sex marriages and prevents them from performing same-sex weddings within their congregations!
From Raw Story:
The clergymen, representing the United Church of Christ, as well as Lutheran, Baptist, and Unitarian congregations jointly filed a federal challenge to Amendment One – recently passed by voters – in Western District of North Carolina.
According to a plaintiff in the case, Rev. Joe Hoffman, Senior Minister of First Congregational United Church of Christ in Asheville, NC, “As senior minister, I am often asked to perform marriage ceremonies for same-sex couples in my congregation. My denomination – the United Church of Christ – authorizes me to perform these ceremonies. But Amendment One denies my religious freedom by prohibiting me from exercising this right.”
So their church allows them to perform same-sex marriages, but the law doesn't? (And the church is prepared to go to court to fight it??) Quite a twist!
What do you think of this turn of events and the actions by the clergymen, Instincters?