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https://plus.google.com/107580886902935895105 Mo Jo : United Church of Christ Sues for Gay Marriage It might seem hard to believe, but the United Church ...
United Church of Christ Sues for Gay Marriage

It might seem hard to believe, but the United Church of Christ (UCC) is suing the State of North Carolina for restricting religious freedom by banning its ministers from performing same-sex weddings. Churches that believe in equality are forced to defend the sacerdotal rights of their ministers on the grounds of religious liberty. 

Turning the Tables on Equality Foes

The UCC filed the lawsuit on Monday, April 28th in conjunction with a dozen more clergy from various churches as well as several same-sex couples. In an ironic twist, the church is using the very same defense religious conservatives have used to challenge marriage equality. It claims that North Carolina’s Amendment One, which bans the legal recognition of same-sex marriages and civil unions, infringes on their religious liberty. It asks the federal courts in the Western District of North Carolina to repeal the voter-approved ban to allow ministers to decide for themselves what weddings they conduct within their own churches.

Exactly how does Amendment One impinge on the rights of UCC ministers, as well as other clergy like ULC ministers, you might ask? Under the ban, a minister may only officiate a wedding for a couple who have obtained a legal marriage license. Officiating a wedding for a couple who have not obtained a license constitutes a Class 1 misdemeanor. Same-sex couples may not obtain marriage licenses under the ban. Therefore, ministers may not perform ceremonies for same-sex wedding ceremonies in North Carolina—even religious ceremonies—without committing a Class 1 misdemeanor.

Criminalizing the Gay Church Wedding

We immediately see the grave injustice of North Carolina’s same-sex marriage ban. Not only does it deny same-sex couples the equal rights of marriage, but it also denies ministers who perform same-sex marriages their equal sacerdotal rights. In fact, it does not just deny legal recognition of religious same-sex ceremonies, but it actively criminalizes those ceremonies.Essentially, the ban discriminates against ministers whose religious beliefs validate same-sex marriage, and it restricts their religious freedom to exercise those beliefs by performing such marriages. This is in contrast to the supposed religious “infringement” that conservative ministers would endure by the enactment of marriage equality; while they would not be forced to perform same-sex marriages, they would merely know that such unions were occurring.

It is almost unbelievable that same-sex marriage ceremonies can be criminalized because a license is impossible to obtain—even if that ceremony is purely symbolic and religious. It is also disconcerting that the government should favor religious beliefs opposing same-sex marriage over religious beliefs supporting it. As ULC ministers, we should join UCC clergy in their struggle, because the same unjust laws affect all of us. Even if you disagree with such unions, if you are in favor of this instance of government favoritism, you remove your leg to stand on whenever you defend your own religious practices in the name of freedom.

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The Huffington Post: “United Church of Christ Files Lawsuit against Gay Marriage Ban in North Carolina, Citing Threat to Religious Freedom”

The Huffington Post: “Defending True Religious Liberty: Church Files Lawsuit in Support of Marriage Equality”
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https://plus.google.com/105602243295376492388 Joe Jervis : NORTH CAROLINA: Gay Couples Mark Ban Anniversary By Demanding Licenses Two years ago today North Carolina's...
NORTH CAROLINA: Gay Couples Mark Ban Anniversary By Demanding Licenses
Two years ago today North Carolina's Amendment One enshrined anti-LGBT bigotry into the state constitution. This morning gay couples are marking the anniversary by demanding marriage licenses in the state capital. Via Freedom To Marry : A lot has happened i...
Joe. My. God.: NORTH CAROLINA: Gay Couples Mark Ban Anniversary By Demanding Licenses
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https://plus.google.com/108869188360022079839 Rob Cypher : HGTV has tapped a pair of twin brothers who have organized prayer rallies against LGBT and reproductive...
HGTV has tapped a pair of twin brothers who have organized prayer rallies against LGBT and reproductive rights and compared same-sex marriage to Nazi Germany to star in a new reality show.

David and Jason Benham will help families buy, repair, and sell real estate in the show “Flip It Forward,” which is scheduled to premier in October.

The twins will “leverage their good-natured sibling rivalry to help families find a fixer-upper and transform it into the dream home they never thought they could afford,” the network said in a press release announcing nine new series for next season.

David Benham led a prayer rally, Charlotte 7:14, organized with his twin brother outside the 2012 Democratic National Convention to protest “abortion on demand,” “no-fault divorce,” “pornography and perversion,” “adultery,” and “demonic ideologies” taught at public schools and universities.

“(Meanwhile), the church sits silent and just builds big churches,” David Benham told conservative Christian radio host Janet Mefferd. “We are so complacent, we are so apathetic and we are very hypocritical in the church, that’s why the Bible says judgment begins in the house of God.”



He also told Mefferd he worked to pass North Carolina’s Amendment One, which bans same-sex marriage and civil unions.

“When Amendment One passed I realized the only three counties in North Carolina that actually voted against the amendment were Charlotte, Raleigh and Asheville, our three cities,” he told Mefferd. “So we had all the rural areas and all the suburban areas but we lost all the cities. So I felt like, OK, it’s time that we have a citywide church service of repentance and that’s the reason that we decided to do it right in the heart of Charlotte the night before the DNC.”

David Benham serves on the board of the anti-LGBT Coalition of Conscience and has referred to Muslims as “the enemy attacking” America.

“The difference between Islam and Christianity: Islam takes life and enslaves it,” he said. “Christianity lays its life down and sets you free.”

The brothers are the sons of Flip Benham, leader of the abortion-clinic protest group Operation Save America, which split from the militant anti-abortion group Operation Rescue in the late 1990s.

The elder Benham baptized Norma McCorvey – the plaintiff in the landmark Roe v. Wade decision – and protested outside mosques while shouting “Jesus hates Muslims” and blamed the Democratic Party for promoting a “culture of death” that caused the mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado.

Flip Benham was convicted in 2011 of stalking a Charlotte, N.C., abortion provider and sentenced to 18 months probation.

In a 2012 blog post on Operation Save America’s website, David Benham compared the fight against marriage to opposition to Nazi Germany.

“If evil is being accepted and appreciated at the national level, aggressive Christian men must lead the charge against it,” David Benham wrote. “In the late 1940s England realized this truth with Neville Chamberlain’s Policy of Appeasement and the Nazi regime. Chamberlain thought he could somehow ‘appease’ the fuehrer, yet Winston Churchill aggressively stood against this policy and proclaimed that they must kill Hitler and destroy the regime in its entirety. It wasn’t long before Chamberlain’s ‘politically correct’ policy fell flat on its face, and Churchill – the more aggressive man – took the reins and joined America in defeating the beast.”

David Benham also suggested in the Christian Post that support for marriage equality was the result of psychological issues.

“For the men on the other side of this vote, I’ll say a couple of things: You’ll never find the love of a father in the arms of another man,” he wrote. “The emotional hurt that you’ve experienced can only be healed through a life-giving relationship with the very one that created you.”

HGTV has not yet responded to a request for comment.
HGTV calls off show starring twins who hate gays, Muslims, divorce, and public schools
But the cable network, which is owned by the E.W. Scripps Company, announced it had dropped plans for the show less two hours after Raw Story called seeking comment about the twins and their political activism. “HGTV has decided not to move forward with the Benham Brothers' series,” the network ...
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https://plus.google.com/115337148988005892196 Victoria Generao : United Church of Christ Sues for Gay Marriage It might seem hard to believe, but the United Church ...
United Church of Christ Sues for Gay Marriage

It might seem hard to believe, but the United Church of Christ (UCC) is suing the State of North Carolina for restricting religious freedom by banning its ministers from performing same-sex weddings. Churches that believe in equality are forced to defend the sacerdotal rights of their ministers on the grounds of religious liberty. 

Turning the Tables on Equality Foes

The UCC filed the lawsuit on Monday, April 28th in conjunction with a dozen more clergy from various churches as well as several same-sex couples. In an ironic twist, the church is using the very same defense religious conservatives have used to challenge marriage equality. It claims that North Carolina’s Amendment One, which bans the legal recognition of same-sex marriages and civil unions, infringes on their religious liberty. It asks the federal courts in the Western District of North Carolina to repeal the voter-approved ban to allow ministers to decide for themselves what weddings they conduct within their own churches.

Exactly how does Amendment One impinge on the rights of UCC ministers, as well as other clergy like ULC ministers, you might ask? Under the ban, a minister may only officiate a wedding for a couple who have obtained a legal marriage license. Officiating a wedding for a couple who have not obtained a license constitutes a Class 1 misdemeanor. Same-sex couples may not obtain marriage licenses under the ban. Therefore, ministers may not perform ceremonies for same-sex wedding ceremonies in North Carolina—even religious ceremonies—without committing a Class 1 misdemeanor.

Criminalizing the Gay Church Wedding

We immediately see the grave injustice of North Carolina’s same-sex marriage ban. Not only does it deny same-sex couples the equal rights of marriage, but it also denies ministers who perform same-sex marriages their equal sacerdotal rights. In fact, it does not just deny legal recognition of religious same-sex ceremonies, but it actively criminalizes those ceremonies.Essentially, the ban discriminates against ministers whose religious beliefs validate same-sex marriage, and it restricts their religious freedom to exercise those beliefs by performing such marriages. This is in contrast to the supposed religious “infringement” that conservative ministers would endure by the enactment of marriage equality; while they would not be forced to perform same-sex marriages, they would merely know that such unions were occurring.

It is almost unbelievable that same-sex marriage ceremonies can be criminalized because a license is impossible to obtain—even if that ceremony is purely symbolic and religious. It is also disconcerting that the government should favor religious beliefs opposing same-sex marriage over religious beliefs supporting it. As ULC ministers, we should join UCC clergy in their struggle, because the same unjust laws affect all of us. Even if you disagree with such unions, if you are in favor of this instance of government favoritism, you remove your leg to stand on whenever you defend your own religious practices in the name of freedom.

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Source:

The Huffington Post: “United Church of Christ Files Lawsuit against Gay Marriage Ban in North Carolina, Citing Threat to Religious Freedom”

The Huffington Post: “Defending True Religious Liberty: Church Files Lawsuit in Support of Marriage Equality”
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https://plus.google.com/104584221071150373381 Trinity Congregational UCC of Winter Haven, FL : Watch a message from Rev. Geoffrey A. Black, the UCC's General Minister and President, about the filing...
Watch a message from Rev. Geoffrey A. Black, the UCC's General Minister and President, about the filing of General Synod of the United Church of Christ v. Cooper, in North Carolina this week. This federal legal challenge to North Carolina's Amendment One was filed in the Western District of North Carolina on behalf of clergy, same-sex couples, and the UCC.
Watch the video: A Message from the Rev. Geoffrey A. Black | The UCC Files Landmark Lawsuit in North Carolina
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The General Synod of the United Church of Christ (UCC) filed a lawsuit, Monday, April 28, 2014 in U.S. District Court in Charlotte, arguing that North Caroli...
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https://plus.google.com/110030671062703674613 Indy Week : Tracy Hollister is on the forefront of a #50stateMarriageEqualityUSAcampaign (other tags: #Citizen #...
Tracy Hollister is on the forefront of a #50stateMarriageEqualityUSAcampaign (other tags: #Citizen #AmendmentOne #DOMA)

http://is.gd/mnpyYv
Tracy Hollister is on the forefront of a 50-state Marriage Equality USA campaign
We can all be part of the effort to win same-sex marriage equality in state after state, finally clearing the way for the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down all discriminatory state acts, including North Carolina's Amendment One.
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https://plus.google.com/101017477828282705969 Isaiah Mullins : Another reason why DC is using the LGBT community, so heavily. Note: I don't hate this guys or his work...
Another reason why DC is using the LGBT community, so heavily. Note: I don't hate this guys or his work if any good. I just disagree on his opinion about LGBT community.

Yes article is very old, but it supporting my fact/theory.
'Ender's Game' Author: 'There Are No Laws Left That Discriminate Against Gay Couples'
Another high-profile voice has joined the chorus of those speaking out in favor of North Carolina's Amendment One.
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https://plus.google.com/100441613151919672704 Breaking Charlotte News :

Supreme Court expected to make decision on Prop. 8
The U.S. Supreme Court will resume sessions on Tuesday and begin by discussing controversial landmark cases that could affect North Carolina's amendment one.
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https://plus.google.com/101623596747439681043 Christine Williams :

Amendment One - a documentary film
A feature-length documentary film about the colliding viewpoints and social issues raised by North Carolina's Amendment One.
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https://plus.google.com/112113037194345107354 Bob Arturo : http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/willclegg/amendment-one-a-documentary-film
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/willclegg/amendment-one-a-documentary-film
Amendment One - a documentary film
A feature-length documentary film about the colliding viewpoints and social issues raised by North Carolina's Amendment One.
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https://plus.google.com/109730410294849846346 TrustCounsel : North Carolina Amendment One, which would ban marriage for same-sex couples, passed with a large margin...
North Carolina Amendment One, which would ban marriage for same-sex couples, passed with a large margin on May 8. The amendment will affect people other than same-sex couples. See the TrustCounsel blog for my opinion on this amendment.
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https://plus.google.com/101258461275551621637 Benjamin Craft-Rendon : The proponents of North Carolina’s Amendment One celebrated by eating wedding cakes with bride and groom...
The proponents of North Carolina’s Amendment One celebrated by eating wedding cakes with bride and groom figurines on top. The sight really choked #colbert up. “I always cry at the prevention of weddings,” he said. #civilrights #colbertreport
Colbert Believes In Protecting Traditional Gay Stereotypes
Stephen Colbert always cries at the prevention of weddings.
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https://plus.google.com/102679947985210525825 Bryan Maine : this weeks Friday video out and ready to go! enjoy! North Carolina Amendment One has more than Fifty...
this weeks Friday video out and ready to go! enjoy!

North Carolina Amendment One has more than Fifty Shades of Grey - Bryan Maine
Watch the video: North Carolina Amendment One has more than Fifty Shades of Grey - Bryan Maine
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https://plus.google.com/103615413717790080329 Amanda Greene : This is an excellent broadcast and touches on many issues in the North Carolina Amendment One debate...
This is an excellent broadcast and touches on many issues in the North Carolina Amendment One debate.
WilmingtonFAVS: Faith & Values - Culture - Gender & Sexuality - BRIEF: NPR explores the differing biblical interpretations of gay marriage
National Public Radio report unveils reasonings behind differing interpretations of scripture on gay marriage.
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https://plus.google.com/105406538383626355090 Danielle Wolf : OK, first off, shame on North Carolina! I can't believe they did this. Second off, thank you for speaking...
OK, first off, shame on North Carolina! I can't believe they did this.

Second off, thank you for speaking up, sir:

youtube;ywImcNViPtc]Clergy Rebukes Media for Asking Wrong Questions About Amendment One
Watch the video: Clergy Rebukes Media for Asking Wrong Questions About Amendment One
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May 6th, 2012 - In a press conference held in Greensboro, North Carolina, Clergy from around the state gathered together to pray for the wisdom of it's citizens regarding the May 8th vote on Amendment One. In that conference, Rev. Dr. William J. Barber took the time to rebuke the media for asking the wrong questions regarding the amendment.
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https://plus.google.com/108590960496596047970 Howard Keziah : Interesting visual commentary on the votes cast against North Carolina's Amendment One. Thanks to Kerry...
Interesting visual commentary on the votes cast against North Carolina's Amendment One. Thanks to Kerry Trout for creating this visual.
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https://plus.google.com/111650132207477584995 Jason Thomas : Dear North Carolina, I love your weather, but the election has proved beyond a reasonable doubt that...
Dear North Carolina,

I love your weather, but the election has proved beyond a reasonable doubt that you are all freaking morons. #Amendment1

Signed,
Every logical and intelligent person in the state
(which is obviously less than half of us)

P.S.: http://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/fyi-you-can-still-marry-your-cousin-in-north-caro
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https://plus.google.com/105184610923266131302 Julian Hill : New blog post on Queer Spirituality - I talk about returning from a Beltane festival and the passage...
New blog post on Queer Spirituality - I talk about returning from a Beltane festival and the passage of North Carolina's amendment one.
Back from Beltane | Queer Spirituality
Album cover for "The Balance" by Heather Jinmaku First, before I get into the real meat of this post, I want to point out a song by a fantastic Pagan artist. It appears that the CD is no lon...
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https://plus.google.com/106319775250528831990 Andrew Riggio : North Carolina Amendment One Supporters aren't just religious bigots. They're bad Americans. http://...
North Carolina Amendment One Supporters aren't just religious bigots. They're bad Americans. http://news.yahoo.com/north-carolina-citizens-amendment-one-bad-americans-154600372.html
North Carolina Citizens for Amendment One Are Bad Americans
COMMENTARY | With the world going to hell in a hand basket, the most important thing on the ballot in North Carolina for Tuesday's primary was taking a 100-year step backward in the fight for equal ri...
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https://plus.google.com/108380237584739011265 Naomi Parkhurst : Thank you, John Scalzi: "I’m not particularly pleased with the outcome of the North Carolina Amendment...
Thank you, John Scalzi:

"I’m not particularly pleased with the outcome of the North Carolina Amendment One vote last night, but neither am I particularly surprised. And as I noted on Twitter last night, my impulse to tut-tut North Carolina voters is well tempered by the fact Ohio’s voters put their own rather odiously bigoted marriage amendment into their constitution a couple of years ago. People living in glass houses need to pull the beams from their own eyes, as they say. Of course, I did vote against Ohio’s marriage amendment when I had the chance, so in that respect my conscience is clear. My point, however, is that people who want to snark off about North Carolina as just another redneck southern state should note it’s not just the south where this is all still in play; remember that four years ago voters in California, where non-Californians often assume sodomy is high school elective, voted anti-same sex marriage bigotry into their own Constitution."
North Carolina and Amendment One – Whatever
Please note the Mallet of Loving Correction is in its warming chamber and will be applied to those who a) do not play well with others in the thread, b) I find rhetorically overheated, c) decide now i...
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