Yahoo News [Editorial note January 4, 2017: Unfortunately, Yahoo News is no longer maintaining this page.] today:
A county magistrate has resigned a day after North Carolina officials were warned that refusal to perform gay marriages could lead to their being suspended or fired.
The memo said state magistrates who refuse to marry same-sex couples are violating their sworn oaths, but Rockingham County Magistrate John Kallam Jr. said Thursday that when he took the oath, he didn’t know he’d be required to perform gay marriages.
The state directive came after a county official refused to marry two men, citing religious objections, and others followed. A federal judge last week struck down North Carolina’s same-sex marriage ban.
God bless this man. His conviction cost him his job. All over the country, people are paying a heavy price to bear witness to the truth. The news media may ignore their courage, but God does not.