The driver of a pickup truck that authorities say ran a red light and struck a school bus in a downtown crash has been indicted on charges of vehicular homicide and vehicular assault.
Church Sues North Carolina Over Gay Marriage Ban
A Northeast Ohio church is suing the state of North Carolina over its voter-approved ban on same-sex marriages.
A constitutional amendment passed by North Carolina voters in 2012 banned the state from recognizing same-sex unions. It also made it a crime for ministers to perform ceremonies for couples not granted a state marriage license. Thatâ€™s the point that is angering the United Church of Christ.
“That ministerâ€™s right to the free exercise of religion is violated,” says Reverend Bernard Wilson, chair of the churchâ€™s board. He spoke at a Monday press conference at church headquarters.
“These statutes criminalize a minister who performs a religious ceremony, even if the ceremony is not intended to be a legal marriage under state law,” Rev. Wilson said.
The amendment makes performing such a ceremony punishable by up to 120 days in jail, a fine, community service and probation.
The United Church of Christ allows its ministers to decide on their own whether to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies.
The denomination is known for being liberal on social issues. It was the first majority-white church to ordain an African-American, and the first mainline church to ordain women as well as gays.