North Carolina Marriage Officials Protected, Despite Governor's Objections

2014 March for Marriage Rally in DC
2014 March for Marriage Rally in DC
Over Gov. Pat McCrory’s objections, North Carolina magistrates can refuse to be involved with homosexual “marriages” based on their religious beliefs.

Before the governor vetoed the bill to protect religious freedom, he said, “I recognize that for many North Carolinians, including myself, opinions on same-sex marriage come from sincerely held religious beliefs that marriage is between a man and a woman,” he said. “However, we are a nation and a state of laws. Whether it is the president, governor, mayor, a law enforcement officer, or magistrate, no public official who voluntarily swears to support and defend the Constitution and to discharge all duties of their office should be exempt from upholding that oath; therefore, I will veto Senate Bill 2.”

We don’t leave our constitutional rights behind when we take an oath to uphold constitutions and/or work for the government. Our religious freedom is supposed to be guaranteed, regardless of where we work or what we do. An excerpt from LifeSiteNews:

Gov. McCrory, a Republican, sided with Democrats who expressed disgust that Republicans used their majority-control to prevent any debate. House Speaker Tim Moore countered that the bill had been debated thoroughly in committees and previously on the floor when it passed in May.

“If the federal courts say [gay ‘marriages’] will be performed, they will be performed,” Berger explained before last week’s senate override. “But if someone takes a job, they don’t park their First Amendment rights at the door. They are entitled to exercise those rights.”

Concerned Women for America accused Tar Heel state governor McCrory, who vetoed the bill, of betraying state residents and forcing court officials to violate their consciences.

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