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HB 56 - Authorizes Officials to Refuse to Perform Marriage Ceremonies - Alabama Key Vote

April Weaver voted Yea (Passage) on this Legislation.

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Legislation - Referred to Committee (Senate) -
Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (69-25) - (Key vote)
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Title: Authorizes Officials to Refuse to Perform Marriage Ceremonies

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Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that authorizes officials to refuse to perform certain marriage duties.

Highlights:
  • Authorizes a marriage officiant to refuse to solemnize the marriage of an individual, including, but not limited to, the following officiants (Sec. 2):
    • A licensed minister, priest, or rabbi;
    • An active or retired judge; or
    • A pastor of a religious society.
  • Authorizes a church, society, or other religious organization to refuse to provide accommodations or services for the marriage of an individual (Sec. 2).
  • Prohibits an individual from filing any civil claim or criminal prosecution against a licensed minster other similar official of a church, society, or other religious organization, and the religious organization itself, based on the refusal to officiate or accommodate a marriage (Sec. 2). 
  • Prohibits a state agency or local government from basing a decision to penalize, withhold benefits from, or refuse to contract with a church, society, or other religious organization on the refusal of an individual within that organization to officiate a marriage (Sec. 2).

 

Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Authorizes Officials to Refuse to Perform Marriage Ceremonies

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