State pays $300K to magistrate who refused to marry gays

(Worthy News) – North Carolina is paying a $300,000 legal settlement to a former magistrate who resigned under duress because she said her religious beliefs prevented her from marrying gay couples.

The settlement finalized in late January and made public Wednesday includes about $210,000 in lost pay and retirement benefits, in addition to attorneys’ fees.

Gayle Myrick was a Union County magistrate who resigned in 2014 after federal courts made gay marriage legal in North Carolina. State court officials then issued guidelines that local magistrates who perform marriages should comply with the federal ruling. [ Source: Fayetteville Observer (Read More…) ]