A magistrate in Pasquotank County, North Carolina refused this week to perform a same-sex wedding, something he is required to do now that the state officially recognizes such marriages. Start the countdown clock for cries of tyranny from the Christian right.
A magistrate turned them away.
“He said, ‘I won’t be performing your marriage because of my religious beliefs,’ ” Locklear said.
A federal judge struck down the state’s gay marriage ban late Friday. Monday was the first full business day that same-sex marriages could be performed.
“He has to do his job,” Locklear said. “He is not there to preach to us.”
Pasquotank County Clerk of Superior Court Connie Thornley confirmed that a magistrate declined to perform the marriage.
Magistrates must marry gay couples or risk losing their jobs, she said.“They cannot refuse,” she said.
The magistrate Locklear named could not be reached for comment.
I’m sure the Alliance Defending Freedom or Liberty Counsel will argue that his religious freedom has been violated if he is forced to perform a gay wedding, but that is nonsense. He is a government official and is thus forbidden to discriminate in any manner. It’s no different than a clerk refusing to issue a marriage license to an interracial couple, or a DMV employee refusing to process a drivers license for women. You either do your job without discrimination or you should lose your job.