The Shoe Is On The Other Foot? April 30, 2014

A United Church of Christ is, it seems, suing the state of North Carolina because its ‘religious liberty’ is being denied because it cannot pronounce a same sex couple married under state law.  The UCC should have the right, I believe, to declare ‘holy matrimony’ [as distinct from civil marriage] under its own canon law.  And on the other hand, so should we Christians.  [Despite its name, I do not consider the United Church of Christ a Christian denomination nowadays.  Yes, it’s judgmental, but it’s the kind of judgment we are supposed to make.]

I’ll go a step further and clarify.  It is not heretical for a Christian to support ‘marriage equality’ at civil law.  A Christian could have without heresy voted against Proposition 8, for example, though I supported it.  It is heretical for a Christian to advocate that his church recognize same sex couples in its canon law, much less perform ceremonies.  The church needs to have a different ‘definition of marriage’ than the state.  Frankly, it should have had this for 40 years, since ‘no-fault divorce’ came in.  This would even be true in North Carolina, because, I trust, the civil marriage laws of North Carolina allow for no-fault divorce.  The state of North Carolina should allow its churches to define ‘holy matrimony’ as they see fit and not require a marriage license; and they should define ‘civil marriage’ as the people of the State see fit and require that a justice of the peace, not any religious officer, ‘solemnize’ or make legal these licensed civil marriages.  And California and states that have ‘civil marriage equality’ should do the same.

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