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All four magistrates in McDowell County refusing to perform same-sex marriages

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MCDOWELL COUNTY, N.C. — Magistrates in McDowell County are refusing to perform same sex marriages, according to WLOS.

A supervising judge on Thursday that four workers in the office – Hilary Hollified, Thomas Atkinson, Debbie Terrell and Chad Johnson – have recused themselves under the North Carolina’s religious exemption law.

The office has had an arrangement for approximately two months with other magistrates driving in to cover marriage services here.

A Rutherford County magistrate said he and another second magistrate have been driving a half hour back and forth three times a week to cover duties.

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