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10/16/2014

State employees must actually perform duties state pays them to perform; shocking, I know

by Jeremy Hooper

This is the kind of thing that the anti-gay far-right will surely turn into another "poor, pitiful us" routine:

North Carolina magistrates have been directed to perform civil marriages for same-sex couples or face suspension or dismissal from their state jobs. A memo to state magistrates Wednesday said they would be violating their oaths of office if they refuse to marry gay or lesbian couples
Gay marriage developments: North Carolina mandate [AP]
(h/t: Joe)

But those who try to portray this as some sort of unfair burden are people who see themselves as above the law. As entitled. As having a special set of freedoms based on their personal convictions about who is and is not going to hell.

The governor of North Carolina opposes marriage equality, but he knows that the courts have determined that laws limiting the freedom to marry are unconstitutional. He knows that even he, someone who was elected to the highest office in the state, must abide by the considered acts of the independent judiciary, which is why he has called for his state to move on and find "healing." I sincerely hope that those anti-intellectual anti-LGBT orgs that are already readying press releases and ad campaigns highlighting the North Carolina state employees who are supposedly being denied their "right" to take a smoke break whenever a gay couple asks them to simply do other job will take a breath, take a pause, and appeal to their better angels before firing off angry missives that serve to both dupe and fire up an angry mob mentality.

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