Lawsuit seeks to overturn NC same-sex marriage ban

Lawsuit seeks to overturn NC same-sex marriage ban

Lawsuit seeks to overturn NC same-sex marriage ban

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Associated Press

Posted on April 28, 2014 at 10:46 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Some clergy members are filing a lawsuit challenging North Carolina's constitutional ban on gay marriage, saying it violates their religious freedom.
 
The clergy members say they would like to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies in their congregations, but can't because of the law.
 
The lawsuit filed Monday in federal court in Charlotte includes a dozen clergy members and the United Church of Christ, which has more than 1 million members.
 
Their attorney, Jake Sussman, says the lawsuit opens a new front in marriage equality litigation.
 
The Rev. J. Bennett Guess says the ban has made is difficult for clergy members to marry same-sex couples: If they do, they know they'll be breaking the law.      
 
Seventeen states allow gay marriage and federal judges have struck down bans in four states.

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