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CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Some Episcopal churches in South Carolina upset with The Episcopal Church are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a court decision that could cost them ownership of property.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reported the Diocese of South Carolina has asked the nation’s highest court to reverse a decision by the South Carolina Supreme Court last year that said the national denomination owns the church property.

Protesting churches left the national church in 2012 citing concerns about theological issues including the ordination of gay priests.

The Episcopal Church says it’s governed by its own laws and rules. It says people are free to leave the church if they disagree but cannot take church property with them.

The U.S. Supreme Court historically refuses to hear such cases.


Information from: The Post and Courier,