Gov. McCrory to veto gay marriage objections bill

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Gov. Pat McCrory will veto Senate Bill 2, he said in a news release Thursday afternoon.

The bill would allow court officials to opt out of same-sex marriage duties based on “sincerely held religious” objections.

Many same-sex couples in the Triad have been closely following the bill.

“It breaks my heart to know people who love each other so much could be turned away just because of one person,” said Ashley Benton, who married her partner Latoya in a civil ceremony in Greensboro.

As of Friday, 338 gay couples have received marriage licenses through the Guilford County Register of Deeds Office since October.

McCrory released the following statement:

“I recognize that for many North Carolinians, including myself, opinions on same-sex marriage come from sincerely held religious beliefs that marriage is between a man and a woman. However, we are a nation and a state of laws. Whether it is the president, governor, mayor, a law enforcement officer, or magistrate, no public official who voluntarily swears to support and defend the Constitution and to discharge all duties of their office should be exempt from upholding that oath; therefore, I will veto Senate Bill 2.”

If they have the votes, the General Assembly could override the governor’s veto.