- Associated Press - Thursday, May 28, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina lawmakers are facing big issues before leaving Raleigh for the weekend.

The House and Senate scheduled floor sessions Thursday to debate and vote on topics around gay marriage, abortion and Sunday hunting.

Just one more House vote is needed before a bill allowing some court officials to opt out of marriage duties due to religious beliefs goes to Gov. Pat McCrory’s desk. The bill is a response to last fall’s legalization of civil gay marriage in North Carolina.

The Senate also will take up a bill that expands the abortion waiting period from 24 hours to 72. And the chamber will consider whether hunting with firearms should be allowed on private property after noon on Sundays. A new way to elect Supreme Court justices also will be considered.

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