Since same-sex “marriage” was legalized in North Carolina last month, at least six judges in the state have resigned because they are unwilling to act against their consciences and perform marriages that runs contrary to their Christian faith. But will the six magistrates alleging that their religious rights have been trampled in the Tar Heal State be just the beginning of a wave of judges leaving the judicial system? So far, Rockingham County magistrate John Kallam Jr., Gaston County magistrate Bill Stevenson, Graham County magistrate Tommy Holland, Union County magistrate Gayle Myrick, Jackson County magistrate Jeff Powell and Swain County magistrate Gilbert Breedlove have all decided to step down in October, saying that they do not believe in marrying couples of the same sex because it violates their faith as Christians.According to the magistrates, the Tar Heel State is trying to compel them to do something their faith will not allow them to do, which they believe is obstructing their religious freedom.“It was something I had to do out of conscience,” Gaston County’s Bill Stevenson explained to NBC’s Charlotte affiliate, WCNC-TV. “I felt like to perform same-sex unions would be in violation of the Lord’s commands so I couldn’t do that,”Just weeks after the new North Carolina marriage law passed, Stevenson says that he is not resigning to make a political statement, but insists that he would rather please God than man when it comes to the way he should live his life. Even though his recent announcement of stepping down was just publicized last week, he turned his resignation papers on October 16 — less than a week after same-sex marriage became legal in the state.”I hate to wax it so biblical, but it says ‘what good is it for a man to gain the whole world but lost his own soul,’” continued Stevenson, who is Baptist. “So that’s the stakes I put on this.”
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