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Senate overrides Gov. McCrory’s gay marriage bill veto

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RALEIGH, N.C. — The North Carolina Senate voted on Monday to override Gov. Pat McCrory’s veto of legislation that would allow magistrates to opt-out of performing gay wedding ceremonies, according to WRAL.

The bill now heads to the state House following the Senate’s 32-16 vote. House members are scheduled to vote on the override on Wednesday.

WRAL reported that three-fifths of those present in either chamber need to vote yes for a bill in order to pass a measure over the governor’s objections.

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

As of Friday, 338 gay couples have received marriage licenses through the Guilford County Register of Deeds Office since October, when gay marriage became legal in North Carolina.

While opposed to same-sex marriage, Gov. McCrory has said that no public official who swears to support and defend the Constitution should “be exempt from upholding that oath.”