Birther and WND hack Bob Unruh has claimed that gay rights activists in North Carolina are attempting to “force every state magistrate to endorse ‘same-sex marriage’ by performing ceremonies, even if it conflicts with their religious beliefs.
The lawsuit in question challenges North Carolina’s SB2 law, which allows magistrates to opt out of performing marriage ceremonies. SB2 stipulates that the state will provide a magistrate from another office to conduct a ceremony if a magistrate opts out.
Unruh argues that the activists are somehow seeking extra rights compared with heterosexual couples but he fails to explain his case.
The law states, “Every magistrate has the right to recuse from performing all lawful marriages under this Chapter based upon any sincerely held religious objection.”
Unruh does not recognise that the issue at hand is state sponsored discrimination in the form of “religious freedom,” widely known as the right to discriminate.
The lawsuit has been dismissed following the intervention of Mat Staver, a homophobic lawyer who heads anti-gay litigation group the Liberty Counsel.
“Magistrates have the constitutional right to follow their conscience and rights to free exercise without fear of punishment.
“The LGBT agenda seeks to steamroll over the conscience of everyone who believes in natural marriage. We are proud to defend Magistrate Brenda Bumgarner and others in this case as it has an effect on all judges and their sincerely held religious beliefs.”