BRYSON CITY – Swain County Magistrate Judge Gilbert Breedlove resigned Monday because of his personal objection to same-sex marriage.
"It was my only option," said Breedlove, 57. "We were directed we had to perform the marriages, and that was just something I couldn't do because of my religious beliefs."
Breedlove has been a magistrate for nearly 24 years. He started in 1990 and became ordained as a pastor in 1997.
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