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Two judges WND reported when two magistrates in North Carolina were ordered to perform same-sex “weddings” or resign, and now are suing their state over the reported violation of their constitutional rights.
Thomas Holland and Gilbert Breedlove have sued in Wake County Superior Court over direct orders, and threats, from the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts. Constitution under the federal ruling and would constitute a violation of the oath and a failure to perform a duty of the office.” Penalties?
Early in President Obama’s tenure in the White House, Catholic Online and other media outlets reported what appeared to be a deliberate attack on the Constitution’s “freedom of religion” protections.
The report noted a crucial change in Obama’s language between his June 2009 speech in Cairo, Egypt, where he spoke of a Muslim America and its “freedom of religion,” and the November 2009 memorial for the Fort Hood soldiers gunned down by a radical Muslim, where he termed it “freedom of worship.” From that point on, “freedom of worship” has become the term of choice, the report said.
They want the state to follow its own constitution and return them to their jobs with an acknowledgment that they are not required to perform weddings for same-sex duos. Possible suspension, removal from office and criminal counts, the office warned.
The North Carolina office for the court system had said, “Magistrates should begin immediately conducting marriages of all couples presenting a marriage license issued by the register of deeds. But the state constitution protects who live by their faith, their case notes.
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“There wasn’t enough business.” They’re hoping the Gortz Haus eventually will be a church again “That would be the most wonderful option,” Betty said The mechanic WND reported when a business that previously was targeted with “‘mere’ death threats” for the owner’s public opposition to homosexual behavior was vandalized.
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The fracas has caught the attention, and outrage, of two of the major legal organizations defending religious rights in America, the Alliance Defending Freedom, which is representing Neely in her fight over basic religious liberties and against the extremism of the same-sex “marriage” advocates on the state commission, and the Becket Fund for Religion Liberty, which took up Neely’s cause in a friend-of-the-court brief.
The point is that Neely is not allowed to solemnize marriages in her role as a municipal judge, and while she is allowed to as a magistrate, there is no requirement for that, there is no pay for it and there are a multitude of situations in which magistrates can cite personal objections and decline to do so.