Fighting with the Law for Marriage-Equality
Plaintiffs Include UU Congregations
Two Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregations in North Carolina (Piedmont Unitarian Universalist Church, Charlotte and the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville) have joined the suit against the state of North Carolina led by the United Church of Christ (UCC) as plaintiffs, claiming that North Carolina Amendment One (NC Amendment 1), which bans same-sex couples from wedding, not only deprives citizens of equal treatment under the law as guaranteed by the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution, but also deprives religious denominations of their 1st Amendment right by impeding the free exercise of religion. NC Amendment 1 makes it unconstitutional for the state to recognize or perform same-sex marriages or civil unions. The UCC, as well as Unitarian Universalism supports marriage equality; by conducting same-sex marriage ceremonies they are violation of this law.