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Lawsuit takes unusual approach, cites religious freedom, in challenge to NC's gay marriage ban
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Monday, April 28, 2014 5:47 PM EDT
Some clergy members are filing a novel lawsuit challenging North Carolina's constitutional ban on gay marriage, saying it violates their religious freedom.
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.