CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A day after same-sex marriage became legal in North Carolina, Governor McCrory spoke on camera to NBC Charlotte about the decision.
"It's my job to enforce the constitution of North Carolina, and the constitution of the United States for that matter," he said at Charlotte Motor Speedway, where he attended the Bank of America 500 race on Saturday.
In this case, that means enforcing a law that goes against the Republican governor's stated position that marriage should be between a man and a woman.
"My administration will be ready to execute the law, as the courts have told us to do."
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The court's decision means counties can begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples Monday morning, and governing the state means simply moving forward for McCrory.
"Some rulings go your way, some don't, and that is the beautiful thing about our democracy."
House Speaker Thom Tillis and Senate Leader Phil Barger both issued comments immediately Friday evening, showing their opposition. They said they'll continue to fight to keep the state's amendment for traditional marriage intact. Tillis, too, was at Saturday's race but said he didn't have time for questions.
Senator Kay Hagan tweeted Saturday that "We shouldn't tell people who they can love or who they can marry. Important step forward on equality for North Carolinians this weekend."
Some state offices stayed open late Friday to issue marriage licenses. Mecklenburg County is set to begin at 8 a.m. Monday.