Gayle Myrick has served as a magistrate in Union County, North Carolina, she stepped down when the state has officially recognized same-sex marriages. State court officials had directed local magistrates to comply with rulings and allow same-sex couples to marry. Myrick refused to work with such couples and said she would resign if she was not given an opportunity to avoid them. Of course, it was impossible to let her do it and she quit.But the state has now paid out a massive settlement to the former official, after she won a religious discrimination complaint via the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.North Carolina has agreed to pay a total of $300,000 to settle the case. The settlement, approved last month, includes about $210,000 in lost pay and retirement benefits, in addition to attorneys’ fees.