NC lawsuit alleges marriage license requirement infringes religious freedom Plaintiff Jeff L. Thigpen, as Register of Deeds of Guilford County, North Carolina, and as a citizen of North Carolina and the United States, objects and finds it morally and constitutionally repugnant to administer a system which requires all persons entering into marriage to have licenses that will be recorded; to oblige pastors, priests, and rabbis who are performing marriage ceeremonies to perform them pursuent to licenses issued by the state; and to require either the religious or civil solemnization of marriages.”. . . On the heels of that decision comes the suit by Thigpen, several ministers and others contending that requiring a marriage license is an unconstitutional infringement on religious freedom.