Christian Judge Forced Out for Not Doing Gay Marriages Awarded $300K Settlement

Gayle Myrick, an evangelical Christian and former magistrate who was forced out after she refused to perform civil marriage ceremonies for same-sex couples due to her religious beliefs, has been awarded $300,000 by the state of North Carolina in a settlement agreement.

The settlement amount includes $122,660 in back pay, according to her lawyers at Becket, a Washington-based nonprofit.

The settlement comes a year after an administrative law judge ruled that the state violated civil rights laws by forcing Myrick to resign as a Union County magistrate in October 2014, soon after gay marriage was legalized in North Carolina.

Myrick is now 68.

“This case is about protecting the dignity of everyone in our diverse society,” Becket counsel Stephanie Barclay told The Daily Signal. “Faith and sexual orientation are deeply important to the identity of many people, and these two things don’t have to be at odds with each other.”

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