RALEIGH – The North Carolina General Assembly has voted to override Gov. Pat McCrory’s veto of Senate Bill 2, which would allow sworn government officials to deny marriage services to legally eligible couples if the officials cite a deeply held religious objection. The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina released the following statement:

“This is a sad day for North Carolina that history will not judge kindly,” said Sarah Preston, acting Executive Director of the ACLU of North Carolina. “Just eight months after our state extended the freedom to marry to same-sex couples, extremist lawmakers have passed discrimination into law, allowing government officials to deny marriage services to virtually any couple. This shameful backlash against equality will make it harder for all couples in our state to marry and force many to spend what is supposed to be a happy day trapped in a maze of government offices. We encourage any North Carolina couples who encounter new hurdles because of this discriminatory law to contact our office.”