John M. Becker

North Carolina: No Special Rights for Anti-Gay Officials

Filed By John M. Becker | October 16, 2014 11:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: Christianists, gay marriage, marriage equality, North Carolina, persecution complex, privilege tantrums, religious freedom, religious liberty, same-sex marriage, special rights

north-carolina-map.jpgThe state of North Carolina has informed magistrates -- agents of the state whose responsibilities include performing civil marriages -- that they must comply with the law and perform marriages for same-sex couples, or they will be disciplined.

The Associated Press reports:

North Carolina magistrates have been directed to perform civil marriages for same-sex couples or face suspension or dismissal from their state jobs. A memo to state magistrates Wednesday said they would be violating their oaths of office if they refuse to marry gay or lesbian couples. The directive came after a magistrate in Pasquotank County on Monday refused to marry two men, citing religious objections. Some magistrates in Alamance County also said they wouldn't marry gay couples. A federal judge last week struck down North Carolina's same-sex marriage ban as unconstitutional.

Damn right. There can be no special "right" to anti-gay discrimination. The law is the law, and it must be followed regardless of one's private religious beliefs. Public officials in marriage equality states must treat same-sex couples equally.

If they cannot bring themselves to do so, then they must resign. Period.

h/t: Joe. My. God.

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