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Nearly one in 20 magistrates refuse to perform same-sex ‘marriages’ in North Carolina

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RALEIGH, North Carolina, September 8, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) -- Thirty-two of North Carolina's 670 magistrates have refused to perform same-sex "marriages" -- and there's nothing anyone can do about it.

In June, North Carolina became one of two states to have a law exempting magistrates, deeds workers, and others from having to perform marriage ceremonies if they have religious objections. The law then exempts such workers from any marriage ceremonies for a period of six months once they let their superiors know of their decision.

The law was vetoed by Republican Gov. Pat McCrory, who was overridden later in the month by a bipartisan legislative majority. In a statement, McCrory said after the veto override that "it's a disappointing day for the rule of law and the process of passing legislation in North Carolina.”

Magistrates have used the law to resist the Supreme Court's June decision that same-sex "marriage" is a Constitutional right. USA TODAY reports that LGBT activist groups are urging same-sex couples to sue the state to overturn the law. No lawsuits have yet been filed.

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