Religion’s getting rebellious in Minnesota:
The small, liberal [Lyndale United Church of Christ] in south Minneapolis was the first of several Twin Cities congregations last year to stop performing civil marriage ceremonies as long as gay marriage is illegal. These churches, and a handful of others around the country that took the same step, will still hold a religious ceremony to bless the unions of straight and gay couples – but straight couples must go separately to a judge or justice of the peace for the marriage license.
A number of churches around the nation have adopted similar stances. While they can’t change the law, their dedication can change minds. Or, at the very least, throw a wrench in the state’s nuptial regulations.