A federal judge ruled that North Carolina wrongfully forced a magistrate to resign over her religious beliefs.
Gayle Myrick left her position as a magistrate because of her religious objections to performing gay marriages. In the wake of the Obergefell decision that struck down such marriage bans, as well as the controversy over Kentucky County clerk Kim Davis, who was jailed for refusing to perform such services, Myrick approached her supervisor and asked to adjust her duties to void any conflict. Her immediate supervisor intended to shift Myrick's schedule because marriage ceremonies constituted only a small portion of her duties. The state, however, overruled such a measure, leading Myrick to resign and forfeit her retirement benefits.