Same-Sex Couples Challenge Magistrate Recusal Law

Dec 15, 2015

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A new lawsuit challenges the law that allows magistrates to opt out of presiding over same-sex marriages if they oppose it for religious reasons.

Plaintiffs claim the measure is discriminatory and elevates a specific religious belief. But proponents of the law say it balances freedom of religion with the rights of same-sex couples.

Host Frank Stasio talks with WUNC capitol reporter Jorge Valencia about the lawsuit.