Regarding the Oct. 22 Under the Dome item “ Berger proposes an out on gay weddings”: Senate leader Phil Berger seems to be forgetting that he and the state employees of North Carolina work for all the residents of North Carolina. They are to follow their job descriptions for all residents, not just those with whom they agree on religious grounds.
For Berger even to think about writing “a bill that would protect the jobs of magistrates, registers of deeds and their staff members who refuse to officiate at same-sex weddings if the reason is a religious objection” is a slap in the face to all North Carolina residents.
If a state employee cannot or will not fulfill his or her duty, then he or she should resign or be fired. Absolutely no exceptions should be allowed.
The magistrate in Rockingham County should resign if he cannot treat all residents with nonjudgmental and respectful service. The Administrative Office of the Courts has made this clear to all staff members who perform weddings in our state.
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Why is Berger wasting taxpayer money and legislative time on this ridiculous and prejudiced idea?
Carolyn D. Davis