[S]ome Democrats said the proposal would have a broad impact throughout state government if it were to become law. Sen. Josh Stein (D-Wake) said that, for example, a clerk at the Department of Revenue could refuse to process a married gay couple's joint tax filings if the union is contrary to his or her religious beliefs. He gave other examples: a clerk at a zoo refusing to sell lesbian parents family tickets, or a Division of Motor Vehicles employee could refuse to change a married gay couple's last names on their driver's licenses.Only some Democrats? Who are these wolves in sheep's clothing that don't think SB2 would have broad impact?
A Magistrate does not enjoy religious freedom. A person who happens to work as a Magistrate enjoys religious freedom and is free to practice their religion in their private life, just like everybody else. Their public duty is, not to put to fine a point on it, to do their fucking jobs.
You know how I know the Magistrates enjoy religious freedom in their private lives, where they are absolutely, inalienably entitled to it? Nobody is forcing them to marry some dude they don't want to marry.
The "right" to discriminate against citizens seeking equal protection under the law and to enjoy life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness is no right at all. (Closer to a "hate crime" than a "right," if you ask me.)
Don't want to marry people who don't share your religious beliefs? Find a job where that's not one of your duties.