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:
18 Other Special Clauses:
19 This bill provides an immediate effective date.
20 Utah Code Sections Affected:
22 30-1-6.5 , Utah Code Annotated 1953
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.
Legislative Review Note
as of 11-13-13 4:02 PM