When a federal judge cleared the legal path for same-sex marriage in North Carolina earlier this month, it set off a flurry of weddings and celebrations, mostly in urban areas of the state.
But the joy was hardly unanimous, including among some public officials whose jobs include performing marriages.
At least six magistrates have quit or announced their resignations since same-sex marriages became legal Oct. 10, the Observer found.
Some left 20-year jobs that paid more than $50,000. Their decisions, they said, were based on religious beliefs.