AN ACT TO ALLOW MAGISTRATES, ASSISTANT REGISTERS OF DEEDS, AND DEPUTY REGISTERS OF DEEDS TO RECUSE THEMSELVES FROM PERFORMING DUTIES RELATED TO MARRIAGE CEREMONIES DUE TO SINCERELY HELD RELIGIOUS OBJECTION.
Senate committee substitute to the 1st edition makes the following changes.
Amends GS 51-5.5 to provide that for the duration of the time the Administrative Office of the Courts has not designated a magistrate to perform marriages in that jurisdiction, the chief district court judge or such other district court judge as may be designated by the chief district court judge (was, only the chief district court judge) is be deemed a magistrate for the purposes of performing marriages. Makes technical changes.
Amends GS 161-27 to provide that no assistant register of deeds or deputy register of deeds (was, no Register of Deeds) recusing under GS 51-5.5 may be charged under GS 161-27 for recusal to issue marriage licenses.
Amends the act's long title.
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