Ministers who do marry a couple that has not yet obtained a marriage license can face misdemeanor charges punishable by up to 120 days in jail.
On Monday morning, Holy Covenant’s denomination, the United Church of Christ (UCC), along with ministers of other Charlotte area congregations including a rabbi, filed a lawsuit challenging state marriage laws for restricting ministers’ free exercise of religion.
The UCC is also seeking preliminary injunction that would allow ministers to choose whether to perform a religious marriage.
The case appears to be the first time a national Christian denomination has challenged a state’s marriage laws.
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This article is about the United States denomination known as "United Church of Christ".
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The Evangelical and Reformed Church and the General Council of the Congregational Christian Churches united in 1957 to form the UCC.
Represented chiefly in the United States and one of several branches to develop out of the American Restoration Movement, they claim Biblical precedent for their doctrine and practice and trace their heritage back to the early Christian church as described in the New Testament.
More broadly, the Restoration Movement was an evangelistic and Bible-based effort launched in various places as several people sought a return to the original teachings and practices of the New Testament.
For other merged denominations, see United and uniting churches.
For other churches that have the words "Church" and "Christ" in their name, see Church of Christ (disambiguation).