McCrory expresses displeasure with NC 'religious freedom' law proposals
Gov. Pat McCrory says he doesn't understand what problems bills filed under the "religious freedom" banner are trying to solve.Posted — Updated
Large parts of the program focused on situations where McCrory had differences with conservative Republicans at the state legislature, particularly in the state Senate.
North Carolina's constitutional amendment and a related law blocking same-sex marriages was overturned by a federal court last year.
"At this time, I would not sign it the way it's written because ... I don't think you should have an exemption or a carve-out when you swore an oath to the constitution of North Carolina or to the Constitution of the United States of America," McCrory said.
During the same discussion, McCrory said he didn't see the need for a broader religious freedom bill that would protect a number of businesses and state officials from liability should they refuse service based on their personal religious beliefs. The topic of the "Religious Freedom Restoration Act" was at the center of national media attention this weekend, as leaders of large companies said they did not want to do businesses in states that pass such legislation.
McCrory told WFAE that many of the policies expressed in religious freedom bills "make no sense." It was unclear from the conversation whether McCrory would veto such a religious freedom bill, but it was clear he did not think the measure was needed.
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