North Carolina’s legislators just overruled the Governor’s veto of a Bill that would allow county employees to refuse to issue same-sex marriage licenses if it goes against those employees religious views.
SB2 allows county Magistrates in North Carolina to refuse to perform civil marriage ceremonies for same-sex couples “ or any other couples “ if it violates their religious beliefs. Additionally, it allows some county employees to refuse to handle marriage licenses for couples that don’t meet their religious standards.
It seems to be that people in North Carolina can now refuse to do the jobs they were hired to do on whatever grounds they want, as long they claim a reason under their religious freedom. To give a hypothetical example: a bus driver is working his route. Under his legislation, could the bus driver then be allowed to refuse to stop in front of a mosque or some other religious building as picking up people of a different religion violates his religious standards?
If someone is hired to do a job, such as issue marriage licenses, it should not be up to them to impose their beliefs on someone else. Legislation such as SB2 gives employees the ability to impose their own personal beliefs on the public they interact with. Bigotry, even under cover of religion, is still bigotry.