From the Christian Institute –
At least six judges in North Carolina have stepped down from their positions saying that conducting same-sex wedding ceremonies would contravene their religious beliefs.
The judges, who are all professing Christians, resigned after the introduction of new laws which require magistrates to marry same-sex couples.
Same-sex marriage was legalised in North Carolina after the US Supreme Court cleared the path for the practice to become legal in more states.
Judge Bill Stevenson is the latest magistrate to step down after marriage was redefined in North Carolina last month.
Stevenson told NBC news: “It was something I had to do out of conscience.
“I felt like to perform same-sex unions would be in violation of the Lord’s commands, so I couldn’t do that.”
Gayle Myrick, another judge, also stressed that performing same-sex marriages would go against her Christian conscience.
She said: “I believe that marriage was ordained by God to be between a man and a woman.
“For me to do what the state said I had to do, under penalty of law, I would have to go against my convictions, and I was not willing to do that. I want to honor what the Word says”.