Friday, September 11, 2015

In North Carolina: County Magistrates Opt Out of Performing Marriages

Wow, McDowell County....

Their religious exemption law, which allows any magistrate to opt out of performing any and all marriages based upon any religious objection, is fully in effect.

The officials in that county are NOT performing any marriages there. In fact, they are shipping magistrates from other counties.

Newsweek reports:

The magistrates invoked their rights not to perform marriages under the state’s religious exemption law, which allows every magistrate “the right to recuse from performing all lawful marriages…based upon any sincerely held religious objection.” “Every single one has said they will opt out and won’t do the marriages,” Chief District Judge Randy Pool told local television station WLOS. A Rutherford County magistrate told WLOS that he and another magistrate have been driving back and forth three times a week to perform marriages in McDowell. State law requires the county to provide magistrates to perform marriages a minimum of 10 hours per week.


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