A constitutional amendment, voted in 2012, at present defines the marriage as a union between a man and a woman in North Carolina, prohibiting the equal marriage but also any recognition for the LGBTQ community.
The United Church of Christ justified its act by the fact that this ban goes against their religious belief which recognizes the marriages between same-sex people since 2005.
“As a senior minister, I am often asked to perform marriage ceremonies for same-sex couples in my congregation,” said Rev. Joe Hoffman of First Congregational United Church of Christ in Asheville, who is one of the plaintiffs.
“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.”
As we had seen a little earlier this year, another lawsuit is also on hand in the state brought by the ACLU.
In all the cases, it is not common to see a church launching out in a battle for LGBTQ rights. It seems to me that it is the first time that a church launches a challenge against a marriage equality ban.