Following the resignation of a Rockingham County magistrate because he refused to marry same-sex couples, State Senator Phil Berger has announced plans to introduce a bill that would allow magistrate judges with religious objections to opt out.
No matter any citizen’s personal opinions, magistrates are sworn to follow and uphold the law. Same-sex marriage is the law of North Carolina. Additional considerations include the Constitutional implications of the separation of church and state. Should this bill pass, expect strong opposition in both Federal and State courts.