North Carolina State Senate Votes To Allow Officials To “Opt-Out” Of Performing Same-Sex Marriages

The North Carolina state Senate just passed SB 2 by a vote of 31-16, which would allow state officials the right to refuse to officiate any marriage based on “sincerely held religious beliefs.”

This means a magistrate could refuse to officiate an interracial or same-sex marriage (or any other kind)  if they state that their “sincerely held religious beliefs” conflicted with that marriage.

The legislation now heads to the House.