Talk about taking taking two steps forward and 500 steps back.
North Carolina legislature has just passed a bill that allows officials to deny same-sex couples a marriage ceremony or even a marriage license if it interferes with their religious beliefs.
The bill now lands on Governor Pat McCrory‘s desk, where he will have 10 days to decide whether to veto it or pass it. If he does not come to a decision by then the bill will become law.
This would essentially allow court officials to opt out of performing a marriage ceremony for religious reasons.
This bill has been floating around ever since same-sex marriage was legalized in the state last October, but Governor McCrory has shot down it down in the past.
It seems that some conservatives are convinced that this is some sort of compromise and that they’re REALLY protecting the officials who don’t want to ‘forced’ to challenge their own beliefs.
It’s unclear if the Governor is currently leaning in one direction or the other, but let’s just say we hope he comes to his senses and shoots this thing down AGAIN!
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