RALEIGH, NC (AP/WECT) - Gov. Pat McCrory's veto of a bill that would allow some North Carolina court officials to refuse to perform gay marriage activities because of religious objections has been negated by the state Senate.
Senators agreed Monday night to override the veto by a 32-16 vote. That's above the three-fifths threshold necessary. The bill still must clear the House again for the veto to be canceled and the law enacted. The House vote set for Wednesday is less certain because of absent lawmakers last week when the bill passed.
Senators Michael Lee (R-New Hanover) and Bill Rabon (R-Brunswick) voted for the veto override. Democratic Senator Jane Smith, who represents Columbus and Robeson Counties, voted against it. To see the rundown of the Senate vote, click here: http://bit.ly/1db3LgJ
The legislation allows magistrates and some register of deeds workers to avoid duties for all marriages if they hold a sincerely held religious objection.
McCrory says he vetoed it because no official taking an oath voluntarily should be exempt from performing duties.