Senate Leader Phil Berger and a majority of the Senate GOP caucus on Friday sent a letter to the director of the N.C. Administrative Office of the Courts asking his office revise its recent memo spelling out that magistrates must treat same- sex marriages for which a marriage license has been issued the same way that marriages between a man and a woman are treated.
The AOC’s October 14th memo made it clear magistrates could be suspended or fined for refusing to perform same-sex marriages. Here’s an excerpt from that memorandum:
The GOP leadership now wants court officials advised that they can side-step the federal court rulings based on religious objections.
Berger has also pledged to introduce next session a bill that would let officials refuse to marry gay couples.
Here’s the body of the letter sent Friday by Senate President Berger and 27 other Republican state senators: Read More