30 North Carolina magistrates opt out of performing gay marriages; judge says it’s OK

gay-marriage-cake-toppers-headerMore than 30 North Carolina magistrates so far have refused to perform weddings since the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriages in all 50 states.

But they’re not likely to suffer the fate of Kim Davis, the Tennessee county clerk who was recently jailed for her refusal. It turns out that taking this position is legal in North Carolina, according to CBN.com.

Shortly after the Supreme Court’s June decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which held that same-sex marriage is a constitutionally guaranteed right, the North Carolina legislature passed a law enabling officials to opt out of performing marriages altogether.

The law was designed to accommodate officials holding a “sincerely held religious objection” to same-sex marriage.

Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger was the law’s original sponsor.

“It’s keeping folks from having to choose between their job and their religious beliefs,” he said. “I think that’s important.”

Berger added that there haven’t been any problems encountered with implementing the law so far.

“I think the law is working very well,” he said.

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