4 Guilford workers refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples


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GREENSBORO, N.C. — Four Guilford County register of deeds employees are among a small number of state workers who have opted out of performing marriages for religious reasons under a controversial new law enacted in June.

Five of the state’s 100 counties, including Guilford, have already had register of deeds employees opt out of issuing marriage licenses, according to media reports citing the N.C. Association of Registers of Deeds.

As of Monday, the N.C. Administrative Office of the Courts had received 14 notices of recusals from its 672 magistrates, according to officials there. It is unclear if any are in Guilford because the state will not identify the counties where they officiate, citing employee personnel laws.

Read more: Greensboro News & Record


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