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H.B. 231

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MARRIAGE MODIFICATIONS

             2     
2014 GENERAL SESSION

             3     
STATE OF UTAH

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Chief Sponsor: Jacob L. Anderegg

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Senate Sponsor: ____________

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             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill affirms a clergy member's religious freedom to act within the confines of the
             10      member's religious organization.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    recognizes the fundamental right of religious liberty; and
             14          .    affirms that a member of the clergy is not required to solemnize a marriage that
             15      violates the member's religious belief system.
             16      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             17          None
             18      Other Special Clauses:
             19          This bill provides an immediate effective date.
             20      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             21      ENACTS:
             22           30-1-6.5 , Utah Code Annotated 1953
             23     
             24      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             25          Section 1. Section 30-1-6.5 is enacted to read:
             26          30-1-6.5. When clergy not required to solemnize marriage.
             27          A member of the clergy, as described in Subsection 30-1-6 (1)(a) or (b), is not required


             28      and may not be compelled to solemnize a marriage when doing so would violate the member's,
             29      or the member's religious organization's, religious beliefs, tenets, doctrine, practices, or the
             30      member's fundamental right to religious liberty.
             31          Section 2. Effective date.
             32          If approved by two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, this bill takes effect
             33      upon approval by the governor, or the day following the constitutional time limit of Utah
             34      Constitution Article VII, Section 8, without the governor's signature, or in the case of a veto,
             35      the date of veto override.




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