CLEVELAND COUNTY, NC (WBTV) – A Kentucky clerk has made national headlines with her decision not to marry same-sex couples.
Kim Davis stopped issuing licenses the day the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage, according to the Associated Press. A federal court ordered Davis to issue the licenses, but she has not complied with the law. She was placed in jail as a result of her actions.
In an interview Friday, North Carolina’s Speaker of the House of Representatives said he doesn’t believe citizens will see such a situation unfold in North Carolina.
“I don’t believe the situation in Kentucky is going to affect us here because our law is very different than Kentucky’s. If we had a problem in North Carolina, we would have probably heard about it here in North Carolina,” explained Speaker Tim Moore (R), a Cleveland County resident..
N.C. Senate Bill 2allows magistrates to “recuse themselves from performing duties related to marriage ceremonies due to sincerely held religious objection”.
Moore said he doesn’t anticipate anyone fighting that legislation.
“I’ve heard no complaint about this law. This was a compromise,” he explained..
The state legislator elaborated that North Carolina is in full compliance with the law related to same-sex marriages.
“The Supreme Court has said that these marriages are in fact legal- that governments must recognize them as legal and that’s what we have done in full compliance in North Carolina.”