- The Washington Times - Friday, October 17, 2014

A North Carolina magistrate said he’s resigning at the end of the month because he can’t in good conscience marry gays.

John Kallam Jr. wrote to Chief District Court Judge Fred Wilkins that he thinks that joining homosexuals together in holy matrimony “would desecrate a holy institution established by God Himself,” The Associated Press reported.

He’s going to leave on Oct. 31, but will spend his remaining service on administrative leave,

“When I took my oath of office, I understood I would be required to perform weddings and have done so throughout my tenure. I did not, however, take that oath with any understanding that I would be required to marry same sex couples,” he wrote in the letter to Judge Wilkins. “I can no longer fulfill my oath of office in good faith.”

He went on to describe his “personal belief” and “Christian faith” and said he enjoyed his tenure at the Rockingham County Courthouse.

“I wish you all the best,” Mr. Kallam wrote. ‘I am reminded of the last words of David who said, ‘He that rules over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God.’ Where there is no ‘fear of God,’ there cam be no justice.”

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