House lawmakers passed a Senate bill today to allow local magistrates to refuse to perform marriages. The measure passed 66-44 after debate that centered on religious freedom arguments. The bill comes after several magistrates resigned in protest over same-sex marriages.
The measure will head to Governor McCrory's desk and he has 10 days to sign or veto the bill.
In the Senate, legislators consider a bill to extend the waiting period for an abortion from 24 to 72 hours.