Janet Porter and BarbWire claim that the six magistrates in North Carolina who have resigned rather than perform same-sex marriages were “forced from office over mock marriages.” Nonsense. They chose to quit because they refuse to perform the duties they agreed to. One of them said so in his resignation letter:
Kallam noted that gay marriage legalization profoundly changed the role he had originally accepted, claiming that it wasn’t his understanding when he took the oath of office that he would be forced to marry gays and lesbians, as the Associated Press reported.
“When I took my oath of office, I understood I would be required to perform weddings and have done so throughout my tenure,” he wrote in a resignation letter. “I did not, however, take that oath with any understanding that I would be required to marry same sex couples.”He added, “I can no longer fulfill my oath of office in good faith.”
And he did the right thing by resigning. If you can’t fulfill the oath of office you took to follow and apply the laws of the state, you should step down, as these six magistrates did. But they weren’t forced to do so, they chose to do so.