No vote yet on veto of magistrates bill

North Carolina General Assembly

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – The waiting game continued Tuesday at the North Carolina General Assembly as another day passed without the House voting on an override of Gov. Pat McCrory’s veto of the magistrates recusal bill.

Senate Bill 2 would allow magistrates and some other court officials to opt out of participating in marriages if they object on religious grounds. But the question remained as to whether the House has enough votes to override the veto.

“We knew that the folks who want to see this passed were going to wait with the bill until they had the votes in the room, and we also knew it was going to be very close,” said Sarah Preston of the ACLU of North Carolina.

Many are arguing over whether the bill discriminates against same-sex couples looking to marry.

In order to block the governor’s veto, three-fifths of those voting would have to overturn it.

“Right now, I don’t think there are enough votes to override the governor’s veto,” said Rep. Leo Daughtry, a Republican from Johnston County. “So they’re continuing to talk to people, encourage people how to vote.”

Democrats are looking to make sure they are ready to vote when needed.

And Rep. Rodney Moore, a Democrat from Mecklenburg County, said, “I think that we have to remain diligent as a caucus to fight off whatever attempts that the majority has with trying to override this bill.”

There is no set deadline in the state constitution for the legislature to have to override a veto. Technically, it could even happen a year from now.

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