Dear Marriage Supporter,
You may have heard that the North Carolina House passed a bill that would protect magistrates and registers of deeds who have deeply-held religious objections to personally performing same-sex 'marriage' ceremonies. With this legislation, government officials would be put in the terrible position of having to choose between keeping their job or being true to their religious convictions.
Unfortunately, Governor Pat McCrory (a Republican) has vetoed the bill.
The bill would have make it clear that no one can be denied a marriage license, but that magistrates or clerks could recuse themselves from the process behind the scenes should they have sincere objections to same-sex marriage. The legislation treats same-sex couples and heterosexual couples equally. If an official agrees to perform a traditional marriage, he or she would also have to perform same-sex 'weddings.' However, it allows a person to opt out of performing any weddings, and thus avoiding the choice of being fired or violating their beliefs.
The reason this bill is needed is because a federal judge has imposed a redefinition of marriage despite the overwhelming percentage of North Carolina voters and legislators who acted in 2012 to enact the Marriage Amendment defining marriage as only the union of one man and one woman. We hope the US Supreme Court will reverse this illegitimate ruling when they issue their opinion in the marriage case next month. But in the meantime, it is important for states to act to protect supporters of marriage, including those like magistrates and clerks who are being put in the position of having to choose between keeping their jobs or being true to their constitutionally-protected religious views.
Without this accommodation, magistrates, registers of deeds and other government officials who refuse to take part in same-sex 'marriages' because of their sincere religious beliefs will be removed from office, and "shall" be guilty of a crime that is punishable by up to 120 days in jail.
Please spend a moment to take action right away! It is imperative that we act immediately to defend marriage and uphold religious liberty.