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