A new NC state law gives magistrates the right and the power to legally refuse to issue marriage licenses to gays seeking to be married. The new law allows state employees to opt out of performing any wedding.
It’s legal: 30 NC magistrates won’t wed ‘gays’
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In spite of the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) ruling legalizing same-sex “marriages” nationwide earlier this year in June, a new state law in North Carolina allows magistrates to legally refuse to issue marriage licenses to homosexuals seeking to be wed.
Pro-family advocates supporting the recent legislation — enacted shortly after the SCOTUS ruling — are pleased to see that Christian magistrates who object to same-sex marriage due to their sincerely held religious beliefs have the legal option to not perform such ceremonies.
The recently enforced state law permitting government officials to opt out of performing all marriages is designed as an exemption for all court officials who hold a “sincerely held religious objection” — particularly for Christians who ascribe to the biblical definition of marriage as being solely between one man and one woman.
A measure to stop the persecution of Christians before it starts
Lawmakers in North Carolina anticipated the persecution of Christians who hold to their religious convictions well before the SCOTUS ruling. They collectively worked to put in place a protective law before people of faith in the court system ended up jailed for their beliefs — much like Kim Davis in the Keystone State to the north.