shysters so-called attorneys at the NC "Values" Coalition (you remember them, they're the rabid anti-gay, anti-abortion, anti-sanity lunatic fringe group) are telling NC Registers of Deeds that they don't need to issue marriage licenses to people if they don't want to. Of course, being bigots, the people they have in mind are gay people.
One of the groups that fought to pass an amendment to the state constitution that had the effect of banning same-sex marriages has circulated a legal memo saying that registers of deeds and their staffs cannot be forced to issue marriage licenses that conflict with their religion.
"There are statutory and constitutional protections available for any Register of Deeds or staff member whose strongly held religious beliefs would make them refrain from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples," Tami Fitzgerald, executive director of the North Carolina Values Coalition, wrote in an email Friday. "They can claim their First Amendment right not to violate their religious beliefs."
Ummm...yeah. As usual, Tami got it completely wrong, as in the direct opposite of the truth.