"North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory said on Thursday he would veto legislation allowing government officials to refuse to perform marriages by citing religious objections.
The measure, passed by the state's Republican-led House of Representatives earlier in the day, would protect those who oppose same-sex weddings from losing their jobs.
The Republican governor said no public officials who swore to defend the Constitution and perform their duties of office should be exempt from upholding their oath.
'I recognize that for many North Carolinians, including myself, opinions on same-sex marriage come from sincerely held religious beliefs that marriage is between a man and a woman,' he said. 'However, we are a nation and a state of laws.'..."
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