General Synod of the UCC v. Reisinger

Current Status: On October 10, 2014 United States District Judge Max O. Cogburn Jr. ruled in this case, striking down Amendment One and granting LGBT couples in North Carolina the freedom to marry and clergy the freedom to perform these marriages. Same-sex couples in Buncombe and Wake Counties began marrying shortly after the ruling, many having spent days waiting at their local Register of Deeds office for a ruling. Within days, same-sex couples could marry in all 100 counties across NC.

Background: 

Case Name: General Synod of the United Church of Christ v. Reisinger

Date Filed: April 28, 2014

Plaintiffs:

  • The General Synod of the United Church of Christ;
  • Rev. Nancy Ellett Allison, Ph.D, Holy Covenant United Church of Christ; Lisa Cloninger and Kathleen Smith, a couple of 12 years, who attend Holy Covenant UCC;
  • Rabbi Jonathan Freirich; Joel Blady & Jeff Addy, who seek to marry;
  • Rev. Joe Hoffman, First Congregational United Church of Christ (Asheville); Diane Ansley and Cathy McGaughey, a couple of 14 years who attend FCUCC;
  • Rev. Nathan King, Trinity United Church of Christ (Concord); Shauna Bragan and Stacy Malone, who attend Trinity UCC;
  • Rev. Nancy Kraft, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church (Charlotte); Cathy Fry and Joanne Marinaro, a couple of 28 years, who attend Holy Trinity;
  • Rev. Nancy Petty, Pullen Memorial Baptist Church;
  • Rev. Robin Tanner, Piedmont Unitarian Universalist Church (Charlotte); and
  • Rev. Mark Ward, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville; Carol Taylor and Betty Mack, a couple of 41 years, who attend UUC of Asheville.
  • Alliance of Baptists
  • Central Conference of American Rabbis
  • Clergy from All Souls Episcopal Cathedral in Asheville, N.C

Legal Team:  The plaintiffs were represented by the law firms of Tin Fulton Walker & Owen and Arnold & Porter LLP.