Judge dismisses case against North Carolina's gay marriage opt-out law

By Mica Rosenberg NEW YORK (Reuters) – A federal judge threw out a challenge to a North Carolina law that allows government officials to refuse to perform same-sex marriages if they cite religious objections, claiming the couples who brought the suit failed to establish they were harmed by the law. The six plaintiffs, who include gay couples, argued in the suit filed in U.S. District Court in Asheville that the legislation – Senate Bill 2 – allows magistrates and other officials performing marriages to put their personal beliefs before their sworn constitutional duty. The plaintiffs said on Wednesday they would appeal the ruling issued by U.S. District Judge Max Cogburn on Tuesday.

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