In order (to) adequately and fully protect the personal liberty and religious freedom of citizens of North Carolina and the United States, there must be a de-coupling and disentanglement of the state from the personal and religious institution of marriage. The institution of marriage should be solely in the dominion of citizens and their religious and secular organizations, except that the state should be permitted to carry out prohibitions of marriage for infancy, insanity, bigamy or polygamy, and incest, and marriage as a result of fraud, duress, joke or mistake; and the state should be permitted to adjudicate rights relating to support, child custody, and property in connection with marriages and their dissolution.
From a lawsuit to get the government out of the marriage business, filed by Jeff Thigpen and several area ministers and residents.
Thigpen already has done Guilford County proud with his work on robosigned mortgage documents, and his general commitment to running the Register of Deeds office as efficiently and transparently as possible. Now this. Thanks, Jeff.