Now that gay marriage is legal in North Carolina –legal everywhere in the U.S.— the City of Charlotte is considering rescinding benefits for unmarried gay couples.

Some might see this as an unintended consequence of the legalization of gay marriage. Other might see it as cause for cities to show “inclusive they want to be” and that they “want to remain competitive in hiring, they ought to extend domestic partner benefits to unmarried heterosexual couples.”

Meanwhile interesting debate beneath the N&R write-up on the four Guilford County Register of Deeds employees who have opted out of performing gay marriages for religious reasons under SB 2. Except, of course, for the one commenter who immediately dismissed the four employees as “bigots,” no questions asked.