Rachel Maddow perfectly explains the hateful insanity of Michigan and North Carolina anti-gay laws

Now, in NC, a public employee can refuse to grant a couple a marriage license for any "religious" reason

By Joanna Rothkopf
Published June 12, 2015 1:15PM (EDT)

On Thursday's edition of "The Rachel Maddow Show," Maddow discussed two different pieces of anti-gay legislation that quietly passed recently. The first, which the Michigan governor signed into law one day after it passed the vote, allows adoption agencies to refuse to serve any couple for any reason, if that reason conflicts with the agent's religion. The second occurred in North Carolina, which passed a law saying that local officials do not have to give someone a marriage license if that official has a religious objection to the marriage.

"Michigan Republicans want foster kids to not be placed in otherwise loving, suitable homes because God might tell some adoption agency employee that a Muslim family in Dearborn, Michigan is inherently unsuited to raise children because they have not recognized the gospel of Jesus Christ," she said.

"And now in North Carolina, what was aimed to be an anti-gay bill to stop gay couples from getting married in North Carolina has now gone into law today. It's in effect today because it was an override of a veto. And the law in North Carolina now says as of today, you no longer have as a North Carolina resident, you no longer have any legal right to pick up your marriage license and get married in North Carolina without being subjected to a religious test by whatever public employee happens to be on duty that day, looking you up and down, deciding what their god thinks of your life."

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