RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper says he rejects a proposal allowing public officials to cite religion for declining to serve same-sex couples.
Cooper is preparing a run for governor in 2016 and spoke Wednesday to The Associated Press.
He says if he was governor he’d veto two Republican legislative proposals related to same-sex marriage.
One would allow magistrates and court officials to refuse to carry out civil same-sex marriages due to religious beliefs.
Supporters say the other measure protects businesses from government interference, which is similar Indiana’s religious freedom law that sparked furor.
Article continues belowLast week, GOP Gov. Pat McCrory said he isn’t backing the bills either.
Republicans currently hold veto-proof majorities in the House and Senate, meaning they could choose to override a governor’s objections if GOP lawmakers remain together.
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