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    Alliance of Baptists Joins UCC Religious Liberty Case in North Carolina

    Dear Alliance friends,

    Come stand with the Alliance of Baptists as we raise a clear voice for historic Baptist principles, freedoms and traditions.

    On Tuesday evening, the board of directors of the Alliance decided to become a party to the plaintiff in the lawsuit filed against the state of North Carolina by the United Church of Christ charging that Amendment 1 is unconstitutional, unjust and a breach of religious liberty. Some individual Alliance members are already a part of the lawsuit. Now, we are becoming party to the lawsuit as a religious organization, and we invite you to come stand with us!

    Come stand with us—literally—as we make the public announcement of the Alliance joining the lawsuit. We will hold a press conference Thursday, June 5 at 2 p.m. at Watts Street Baptist Church in Durham. And more than a press conference, it will be an Alliance of Baptists’ party! So, if at all possible, come and gather with us as we raise our voice for justice, equality and religious liberty.

    Come bearing signs of support. Come waving banners with your church name on it. If you are clergy, come wearing a red or rainbow stole. And don’t forget to invite your

    ecumenical and interfaith friends -- all who share our values -- to come along with you. Your presence will be a sign and symbol of our strength and shared witness as the Alliance of Baptists.

    Whether you come to Durham or not (we understand this might be a little short notice for those of you in California and Canada and other points far away!), please come stand with us by offering a financial gift. Actions like these take energy, time and money. Stand with us by making an online gift now, noting “Religious Liberty.”

    Even if you can't be with us in Durham, be a part of what's going on through social media. As you tweet and update facebook, use #AOBFreedomtoMarry. Our participation in the case is already making news.

    North Carolina has the largest concentration of Alliance partner congregations, members and clergy. The legal challenge to North Carolina’s Amendment 1 will affect many of our Alliance friends. However, this case has national implications and we know that our Alliance witness, covenant, mission and values are not bound by any state’s boundaries.

    We celebrate our “Partnership in Mission and Ministry” with the United Church of Christ and gladly join them in giving bold witness in support of religious liberty and justice for all—especially in the State of North Carolina—where the freedom of churches and clergy to celebrate marriage vows is being threatened.

    Come, stand with the Alliance of Baptists!

    Mike Castle, president

    Paula Clayton Dempsey, director of partnership relations

    For all media inquiries, contact Alliance communications specialist Leah Grundset Davis.