Posts Tagged ‘same-sex marriage’

Magistrates and Same-sex Marriages

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Last month when the federal courts opened the door to same-sex marriages in North Carolina there was a rush to courthouses, where magistrates are the only state officials authorized to perform marriage ceremonies. Some magistrates, because of their religious beliefs, resigned rather than marry same-sex couples. Are magistrates entitled to be excused from performing assigned […]

Same-Sex Marriage And Adoptions of a Minor by a Stepparent

Friday, October 17th, 2014

This post was co-authored by Meredith Smith, Assistant Professor of Public Law and Government, UNC-CH School of Government.  Over the course of the last two weeks, North Carolina federal district court judges in both the western district and the middle district rendered decisions declaring North Carolina’s laws prohibiting same-sex marriage unconstitutional. See General Synod of […]