Advocates filed a lawsuit on behalf of six plaintiffs last week challenging a North Carolina law they claim unconstitutionally protects state magistrates who refuse to issue marriage licenses because of religious objections to marriage equality.

The plaintiffs argue the law violates both the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment and the Equal Protection and Due Process Clauses of the 14th Amendment, and affects any union a magistrate may claim a religious objection to, such as LGBTQ, interracial, or interfaith pairings.

Republican lawmakers in North Carolina passed SB 2 in the spring of 2015 as part of a wave of so-called religious freedom bills that originated in direct response to the Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriages.
The Day They Hanged an Elephant in East Tennessee

Mary the Elephant. The town considered guns, electrocution and dismemberment before settling on hanging.