State pays $300K to magistrate who quit over gay marriage

RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina is paying a $300,000 legal settlement to a former magistrate who resigned under duress because she said her religious beliefs prevented her from marrying gay couples.

The settlement includes about $210,000 in lost pay and retirement benefits, in addition to attorneys’ fees.

Gayle Myrick was a Union County magistrate who resigned in 2014 after federal courts made gay marriage legal in North Carolina.


After preparing a resignation letter, Myrick met with her supervisors and asked if an accommodation could be made to allow her to work without performing gay marriages.

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The judge who oversaw her said the state guidelines didn’t allow such flexibility.

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