Last month Gov. McCroy vetoed a bill to allow magistrates and register of deeds office staffers who object to same-sex marriage to refuse to perform any marriages because of religious reasons.
Well today the House overruled the Governors veto. With 110 members present the final vote was 69-41 with the House only needing 66 voted to accomplish an override, so now the measure becomes a law.
The bill will allow magistrates and register of deeds office staffers who object to same-sex marriage to refuse to perform any marriages. The workers don’t have to opt out in advance. The worker can refuse to marry a couple at the time they go to obtain a marriage license or go before the bench for a civil wedding. The worker opting out would then be barred from performing all marriages for at least six months.
Supporters say it protects the religious, but critics say it allows public servants to decide which of their job duties they want perform and for which taxpayers to perform them.
Read more at WRAL.com
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