Op-Ed

January 22, 2015 5:11 PM

North Carolina’s planned ‘religious freedom’ bills waste time, money on unfairness

On opening day of the NC General Assembly’s 2015 session, Rep. Paul “Skip” Stam announced that he would host a legislative briefing on “religious freedom” on Jan. 28. When Stam, a Wake County Republican, uttered the words “religious freedom,” he was referencing patently discriminatory legislation suggested in 2014 by NC Senate leader Phil Berger that would allow magistrates and other state employees to deny same-sex couples marriage licenses for religious reasons.

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