North Carolina may allow civil servants to deny marriage licences to gay and interracial couples
Can you imagine being denied a marriage license by a clerk for being an interracial couple or gay couple? Well, that could soon be happening in North Carolina.
"AN ACT TO ALLOW MAGISTRATES, GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF NORTH CAROLINA, ASSISTANT REGISTERS OF DEEDS, AND DEPUTY REGISTERS OF DEEDS TO RECUSE THEMSELVES FROM PERFORMING DUTIES RELATED TO MARRIAGE CEREMONIES DUE TO SINCERELY HELD RELIGIOUS OBJECTION."
The above bill will be tabled in state house. If conservative legislators succeed in rounding up more votes than McCrory’s veto, they will have passed a discriminatory legislation, taking us back to the stone age era. This bill may seem similar to the Indiana anti-gay "religious liberty" law passed lately but this one is worse:
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They are giving civil servants the right and power to discriminate others with full backing from the government. All a magistrate need do under the bill is articulate religious objection to issuing a marriage license to a couple and they can legally turn them away - not just same sex couples; ANY COUPLE! So what will stop racist magistrates from refusing to marry interracial couple too?
How can these conservative legislatures allow magistrates who have taken an oath to “faithfully and impartially discharge all the duties” of their office and to “administer justice without favoritism” apply personal prejudices above the law? At least the Indiana law allowed “compelling governmental interests” to surpass religious exercise. But this North Carolina bill ONLY wants to protect the civil servants’ right to discriminate against the right's of their fellow American's - the American's they are supposed to serve justly - more than anything else.
Why the regression people? Its super disheartening that these legislators want to pass such a dangerous pieces of discriminatory law that places personal intolerance of civil servants above taxpayers rights - on the taxpayer-funded jobs. Now this is lawlessness; NOT religious liberty!!!
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