The North Carolina Legislature overrode a veto by North Carolina’s Republican Gov. Pat McCrory today (Thursday, June 11) of a so-called religious freedom bill that allows discrimination against gays and lesbians in the state.
The law will allow state officials opt out of doing their jobs by signing a statement about their “deeply held religious beliefs.”
While the governor expressed his opposition to same-sex marriage, he said, “we are a nation and a state of laws.”
The law will cause delays for same-sex couples trying to get married, especially in rural areas.
North Carolina became a marriage equality state with other 4th Circuit states West Virginia and South Carolina on Oct. 8, 2014.