- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 26, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Some of the most contested and impassioned issues of this year’s North Carolina General Assembly are coming up for debate.

A House judiciary panel planned to take up Senate legislation on Wednesday that would allow certain court officials to refuse to participate in same-sex marriage duties on religious grounds. The magistrates and assistant registers of deeds would be prohibited from duties for all marriages. House Speaker Tim Moore said Tuesday the bill could come to the House floor later Wednesday.

Senate committees also plan hearings on House measures that would extend the abortion waiting period from 24 hours to 72 hours and ease the state’s long-standing ban on hunting with guns on Sundays.

Another House measure before a Senate panel would allow appellate court judges to run in retention elections.

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