An important religious liberty bill has passed the North Carolina General Assembly and is on its way to the desk of Governor Pat McCrory for his signature. The North Carolina Family Policy Council now encourages citizens across North Carolina to contact Governor Pat McCrory at 919.814.2050 and urge him to sign SB 2-Magistrates Recusal of Civil Ceremonies into law.
The North Carolina House gave final approval to SB 2 on Thursday, May 28 by a vote of 67 to 43, and this bill will help to safeguard the religious liberties of certain public servants in North Carolina.
SB 2 would establish a legal right (1) allowing magistrates to recuse from performing marriage ceremonies, and (2) allowing assistant registers of deeds and deputy registers of deeds to recuse from issuing marriage licenses, as long as the recusal is “based upon any sincerely held religious objection.” The bill would also shield these public officials from punishment or disciplinary action for failing to discharge their duties, if the recusal is made in “good-faith.”
SB 2 became necessary after federal court rulings forced the State of North Carolina to legally recognize same-sex unions and begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples last fall. Subsequently, a number of magistrates resigned their posts in order to avoid violating their deeply held religious beliefs by being forced to participate in same-sex union ceremonies.
Thank you for contacting Governor Pat McCrory in support of SB 2!