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Survey shows majority NC’s Registers of Deeds oppose Senate Bill 2

Before the NC House attempts to override Governor Pat McCrory’s veto of the magistrates recusal bill, they might want to review the findings of an informal survey conducted by several of the state’s Registers of Deeds.

Here’s more from the Buncombe County Register of Deeds:

The majority of Registers of Deeds from across the state do not have a favorable opinion of Senate Bill 2, according to a survey released today.

Drew Reisinger, the Buncombe County Register of Deeds

Drew Reisinger, the Buncombe County Register of Deeds

This is the first such survey of the officials whose offices issue marriage licenses and who would therefore be required to implement Senate Bill 2.

Buncombe County Register of Deeds Drew Reisinger said he undertook the survey with the assistance of several fellow Registers. The survey began last week and closed today. Senate Bill 2 is tentatively set for a veto override vote in the NC House tonight.

The survey asked respondents “Do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of Senate Bill 2?” Of the 54 Registers who responded, 51 reported an unfavorable opinion. Only 3 reported a favorable opinion.

Gov. Pat McCrory vetoed Senate Bill 2 in May on the grounds that it would exempt public officials from upholding their oaths of office. The North Carolina Association of Registers of Deeds (NCARD) has not taken a position on SB 2.

House leaders opted not to take up the override vote Monday evening, instead placing the issue on Tuesday’s calendar for a possible vote. The Senate overrode McCrory’s veto of SB2 on June 1st.

3 Comments


  1. LayintheSmakDown

    June 9, 2015 at 4:42 pm

    And why would they oppose? It is just an HR issue guys, not an agreement with the current trendy cause. The Register of Deeds would have to cover for all the people opting out…there would likely be no one left to perform these “marriages”.
    ….
    All the more reason to follow the Alabama model. Let’s get out of the business of “approving” of these faux ceremonies.

  2. Alan

    June 9, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    Yes, Alabama, the perfect model. LOL.

  3. LayintheSmakDown

    June 10, 2015 at 11:11 am

    No one said “perfect”, just a model to follow. I am sure we could make it even better here.

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