Under the Dome

After vote on magistrates, Sen. Joel Ford answers critics with quotes

N.C. Sen. Joel Ford has taken a lot of heat this week for voting to exempt magistrates from wedding duties.

Ford, a Charlotte Democrat, was one of two senators who broke with their party to support Senate Bill 2. The Republican-sponsored legislation passed the Senate this week and benefits government employees who object to performing same-sex weddings.

Ford has been strongly criticized online. A Twitter user called him a traitor who should leave the Democratic Party. A Charlotte LGBT publication slammed him in an editorial, saying he put his personal religious views ahead of the law.

Ford’s response: Tweet out quotations. Lots of them.

Here are a few of his tweets on Friday, which appear to be aimed at his critics.

The words of wisdom didn’t seem to calm Ford’s detractors.