North Carolina judges can still refuse to marry same-sex couples

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A federal judge has dismissed a challenge to a North Carolina law that says magistrates with religious objections can refuse to marry same-sex couples.

The judge ruled the three couples who brought the case – two gay and one interracial – lacked legal standing to sue and lacked evidence showing they were harmed directly by the law that took effect in June 2015.

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North Carolina’s religious objection law in court

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Roughly 5 percent of North Carolina’s magistrates are refusing to marry same-sex couples for religious reasons, and lawyers for the state say people suing in federal court have no standing to challenge these opt-outs as unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge Max Cogburn scheduled a hearing for Aug. 8 in Asheville in part to consider a motion by the state to dismiss their lawsuit altogether. Separately, Republican legislative leaders and some magistrates also want to be added as defendants as the case, saying they don’t trust Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper to defend the state law.

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North Carolina magistrates refuse to perform same-sex marriage

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MARION, N.C. (AP) — Magistrates in a northwestern North Carolina county are refusing to perform same-sex marriages, citing the state’s religious exemption law, and officials in a neighboring county are stepping in to help.

Four McDowell County magistrates recused themselves from performing the ceremonies, WLOS-TV in Asheville reported Sept. 10. Magistrates from neighboring Rutherford County are substituting.

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