Judges of conscience choose resignation over performing homosexual marriages

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Karen L. Willoughby reports for the Christian Examiner, Oct. 29, 2014, that six North Carolina district court judges have resigned rather than violate their Christian convictions by performing same-sex marriage ceremonies. They are:

  • Gayle Myrickof Union County
  • Gilbert Breedloveof Swain County
  • Bill Stevenson of Gaston County
  • Tommy Holland of Graham County
  • Jeff Powellof Jackson County
  • John Kallam Jr. of Rockingham County

About 670 magistrates serve in North Carolina, and by resigning the six give up a comfortable income, as well as standing in the community. Regarding next steps, all six say they are waiting on God to provide direction.

Same-sex marriages became legal in North Carolina on Oct. 10. That’s when the state’s ban on gay marriages was declared unconstitutional. North Carolina voters in 2012 had passed a state constitutional ban on gay marriages. But two federal judges overturned the ban and an existing state law…

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