North Carolina Senate overrides governor’s veto of marriage opt-out bill

June 3, 2015

Larry Ferri and Brandi Morris hold large rainbow flag as gay couples marry outside of Mecklenburg County Register of Deeds office in Charlotte

A measure that would allow some public officials in North Carolina to opt out of performing gay marriages moved closer to becoming law on Monday, when lawmakers voted to override Republican Governor Pat McCrory’s veto of the bill.

The Republican-led state Senate reached the three-fifths majority needed to override McCrory’s veto in a 32-16 vote. The legislation now goes back to the Republican-controlled state House of Representatives, which passed it last week by a margin wide enough to override the veto.

The bill allows magistrates and other officials to refuse to perform marriages or issue marriage certificates by citing a “sincerely held religious objection.” Once they have asked to opt out in writing, magistrates would be barred from performing any marriage, gay or heterosexual, for six months.

  • Kevin Shaw

    I want to know more about what it says about them being “barred” from performing “any” marriage, gay or heterosexual. How can they bar you for six months because you have a religious objection to anything!!!!!

  • fred

    I guess since the illegal potus endorses breaking the Law for his gay “friends” its now ok to violate ANY laws with no fear of being prosecuted? Such as the second Amendment, or the Immigration laws or the right to privacy and free speech and ability to NOT have the Federal Gov’t in EVERY single detail of you life!? We are INCREMENTALLY losing our freedoms to an illegal USURPER from another Continent and it stinks to high heaven nobody in our Federal Government is doing anything to stop this lying, deceiving, murdering, treasonous THUG!

  • J_R_K

    “Once they have asked to opt out in writing, magistrates would be barred from performing any marriage, gay or heterosexual, for six months.”

    No doubt this punishment is at the behest of tyrannical, sexual perverts. “Play our way, or we ruin your day!! Nyah, Nyah, Nyah, Nyah, Nyah, Nyah, !!”

  • John VanderKelen

    This is a no brainer piece of legislation. Why would any governor wish to veto it! Homosexuals are worthless fellows who engage in lewd and disgraceful behavior. Jesus is alive and still saves!


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