State Officials in North Carolina Can Now Use Religion as an Excuse to Get Out of Conducting Gay Weddings

Lazy clerks and religious bigots in North Carolina got some great news this week.

On the other hand, the Republican legislature handed a rather raw deal to gay couples, those who support equality and actual freedom of religion, and taxpayers who prefer that government officials do the jobs they’re paid to do.

On Thursday, the North Carolina House, following the lead of the Senate, voted to override Governor Pat McCrory‘s veto of the “religious freedom” bill, SB 2, that allows magistrates to refuse to officiate weddings if they object on the basis of deeply held religious beliefs.

Essentially, the faith-based personal opinions of public officials in North Carolina now count as legal excuses to not do their jobs.

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Atheist Comedian Eddie Izzard: I’m Running for Mayor of London in 2020

Well, if an atheist wants to run for elected office, doing it overseas is probably a good bet.

Comedian Eddie Izzard (who performed at the 2012 Reason Rally) said in an interview that he plans to run for Mayor of London in 2020:

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Michigan Law Now Lets State-Funded Faith-Based Adoption Agencies Discriminate Against Gay Parents

Yesterday, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder sign into law a trio of bills allowing religious adoption agencies that contract with the state to say to prospective parents, “You can’t adopt this child because you’re gay.”

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California Assembly Member Blames Her State’s Extreme Drought on Legalized Abortion

California State Assembly member Shannon Grove (below) knows exactly why her state is in the middle of a severe drought, and she explained her theory last week at a banquet sponsored by the California ProLife Council.

According to RH Reality Check’s Zoe Greenberg, the drought has everything to do with abortion.

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A Mother and Daughter Discuss the Lack of Atheist Presidents in This Beautiful Visual Story

Last month, I posted about a conversation between Kate Cohen and her nine-year-old daughter. She wanted to be the first female President, but since that box may be checked off by the time she’s old enough to run, Kate suggested she consider becoming the first atheist President instead.

The Washington Post took her story and animated it, and the result is just incredibly cool. Start here and scroll your way down.

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