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HB 757 - Authorizes Religious Officials to Decline to Perform Certain Ceremonies - Key Vote

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Legislation - Vetoed (Executive) -

Title: Authorizes Religious Officials to Decline to Perform Certain Ceremonies

Legislation - Concurrence Vote Passed (Senate) (36-18) - (Key vote)

Title: Authorizes Religious Officials to Decline to Perform Certain Ceremonies

Vote Result
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Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to concur with House amendments and pass a bill that authorizes a religious official or faith-based organization to decline to perform a ceremony that violates a religious belief, effective immediately.

Highlights:
  • Authorizes a religious official to decline to ordain a marriage, perform a rite or administer a sacrament if the ceremony violates his or her right to free exercise of religion (Sec. 2).
  • Authorizes a faith-based organization to decline to rent, lease, or approve the use of property by an individual for an event that violates the religious organization’s practices or beliefs (Sec. 4).
  • Authorizes a faith-based organization to decline to provide educational, social or charitable services due to the religious beliefs of the organization (Sec. 4).
  • Authorizes a faith-based organization to decline to hire or retain an individual whose religious beliefs are not in accordance with the “sincerely held” beliefs of the organization (Sec. 5).
  • Prohibits a business from being required to operate on a Saturday or a Sunday (Sec. 3).
  • Specifies that a faith-based organization or employee will not be subject to a civil lawsuit for declining to provide services outlined in this bill (Sec. 4).

 

Legislation - Concurrence Vote Passed (House) (104-65) - (Key vote)

Title: Authorizes Religious Officials to Decline to Perform Certain Ceremonies

Vote Result
Yea Votes
Nay Votes
Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to concur with Senate amendments and adopt additional amendments to a bill that authorizes a religious official or faith-based organization to decline to perform a ceremony that violates a religious belief, effective immediately.

Highlights:
  • Authorizes a religious official to decline to ordain a marriage, perform a rite or administer a sacrament if the ceremony violates his or her right to free exercise of religion (Sec. 2).
  • Authorizes a faith-based organization to decline to rent, lease, or approve the use of property by an individual for an event that violates the religious organization’s practices or beliefs (Sec. 4).
  • Authorizes a faith-based organization to decline to provide educational, social or charitable services due to the religious beliefs of the organization (Sec. 4).
  • Authorizes a faith-based organization to decline to hire or retain an individual whose religious beliefs are not in accordance with the “sincerely held” beliefs of the organization (Sec. 5).
  • Prohibits a business from being required to operate on a Saturday or a Sunday (Sec. 3).
  • Specifies that a faith-based organization or employee will not be subject to a civil lawsuit for declining to provide services outlined in this bill (Sec. 4).

 

Note:

NOTE: THIS IS A SUBSTITUTE BILL, MEANING THE LANGUAGE OF THE ORIGINAL BILL HAS BEEN REPLACED. THE DEGREE TO WHICH THE SUBSTITUTE BILL TEXT DIFFERS FROM THE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE TEXT CAN VARY GREATLY.

Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) (37-14) - (Key vote)

Title: Authorizes Religious Officials to Decline to Perform Certain Ceremonies

Vote Result
Yea Votes
Nay Votes
Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that authorizes a religious official or faith-based organization to decline to perform a ceremony that violates a religious belief, effective immediately.

Highlights:
  • Authorizes a religious official to decline to ordain a marriage, perform a rite, or administer a sacrament if the ceremony violates his or her right to free exercise of religion (Sec. 1).
  • Authorizes a religious organization to decline to rent, lease, or approve the use of property by an individual for an event that violates the religious organization’s practices or beliefs (Sec. 2).
  • Prohibits the state from taking any adverse action against an individual or a faith-based organization for believing, speaking, or acting in accordance to a religious belief, including the belief that marriage should only be between a man and a woman (Sec. 2). 
  • Prohibits a business from being required to operate on a Saturday or a Sunday (Sec. 1).
Note:

NOTE: THIS IS A SUBSTITUTE BILL, MEANING THE LANGUAGE OF THE ORIGINAL BILL HAS BEEN REPLACED. THE DEGREE TO WHICH THE SUBSTITUTE BILL TEXT DIFFERS FROM THE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE TEXT CAN VARY GREATLY.

Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (-) -

Title: Authorizes Religious Officials to Decline to Perform Certain Ceremonies

Note:

NOTE: THIS IS A SUBSTITUTE BILL, MEANING THE LANGUAGE OF THE ORIGINAL BILL HAS BEEN REPLACED. THE DEGREE TO WHICH THE SUBSTITUTE BILL TEXT DIFFERS FROM THE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE TEXT CAN VARY GREATLY.

Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Authorizes Religious Officials to Decline to Perform Certain Ceremonies

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