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North Carolina Just Made Getting Married A Lot Harder For Gay Couples

Posted by New Leaders Council 4 Admin on June 14, 2015 at 5:20 PM

Originally published on ATTN on June 12, 2015 by Nicole Charky.

Court clerks in North Carolina can now refuse to marry and issue marriage licenses for same-sex couples if clerks claim a “sincerely held religious objection,” according to a law enacted Thursday. The measure is one of several recent pieces of legislation in the U.S. that targets same-sex couples, including a Michigan law passed that enables private adoption services to refuse children to same-sex couples on religious grounds.

These laws echo the controversial religious freedom legislation in Indiana and Arkansas that would have allowed businesses to refuse service to same-sex couples, citing religious objections just like the legislation in North Carolina and Michigan. Indiana was ultimately were forced to pass revisions following nationwide outcry and negative reactions from major public figures. After the controversy in Indiana, Arkansas did not pursue a similar proposal.

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