Legislation blocked by the North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) allowing public authorities to opt-out of officiating same-sex marriages will become law, after the North Carolina House secured the necessary votes Thursday to override McCrory’s veto. Previously, the Senate had voted to do the same.
The legislation, known as Senate Bill 2, will allow magistrates and registers of deeds to decline to participate in any marriage -- not just same-sex ones -- if they object to the marriage on religious grounds. Critics say it will open the door to all sorts of discrimination, not just discrimination of gays and lesbians, given its vague language.
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