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NC Gov Says He'll Veto Marriage Objections Bill

Photo: Gov. Pat McCrory says he will veto a bill that would have allowed court officials to opt out of same-sex marriage duties based on religious beliefs. Photo credit: mensatic/morguefile.com
Photo: Gov. Pat McCrory says he will veto a bill that would have allowed court officials to opt out of same-sex marriage duties based on religious beliefs. Photo credit: mensatic/morguefile.com
May 29, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. - After passing the state House and Senate, the so-called marriage objections bill will be vetoed, according to Gov, Pat McCrory. In a statement, the governor said he is called by the duties of his office to defend the Constitution.

If signed, Senate Bill 2 would have allowed magistrate judges and Register of Deeds employees to recuse themselves from providing marriage licenses to or performing ceremonies for same-sex couples.

The governor's stance is welcome news to the Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara with the Campaign for Southern Equality and other same-sex marriage advocates. She said lawmakers should have fully considered the impact of such a law if put in place.

"You strip away all the rhetoric that we've been hearing from the Legislature and you think about the people that are involved," she said. "What would it be like to be a gay couple on what should be one of the happiest days of your life; you go to the marriage license office to get your license and turns out there's someone there who won't serve you?"

The legislation was introduced after same-sex couples were able to legally marry in North Carolina after Amendment 1 was struck down by federal courts. Supporters of the legislation said it was meant to protect the religious beliefs of government employees. In today's statement, McCrory did state his religious belief is that marriage is between a man and a woman.

While McCrory has said he will veto the bill, Beach-Ferrara said it doesn't negate the time and effort lawmakers spent on the legislation while other bills languished on the floor of the State Assembly.

"There is such critical issues in our state right now in terms of people who are struggling to find work, families that are struggling to make rent," she said, "and to think that legislatures are spending the level of time and resources and energy that they are on a bill that is clearly discriminatory, clearly unfair and clearly unconstitutional."

Information on SB 2 is online at ncleg.net.

Stephanie Carson, Public News Service - NC