7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This joint resolution of the Legislature proposes to amend the Utah Constitution to
10 enact a provision relating to the right of conscience and the free exercise of religion.
11 Highlighted Provisions:
12 This resolution proposes to amend the Utah Constitution to:
13 . prevent a religious organization, association, or society, or individual acting in a
14 role connected with a religious organization, association, or society, from being
15 required or compelled to solemnize, officiate in, or recognize a marriage or religious
16 rite of marriage in violation of their right of conscience or their free exercise of
18 Special Clauses:
19 This resolution directs the lieutenant governor to submit this proposal to voters.
20 This resolution provides a contingent effective date of January 1, 2015 for this proposal.
21 Utah Constitution Sections Affected:
23 ARTICLE I, SECTION 4
25 Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah, two-thirds of all members elected to each
26 of the two houses voting in favor thereof:
27 Section 1. It is proposed to amend Utah Constitution Article I, Section 4, to read:
28 Article I, Section 4. [Religious liberty.]
29 The rights of conscience shall never be infringed. The State shall make no law
30 respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; no religious test
31 shall be required as a qualification for any office of public trust or for any vote at any election;
32 nor shall any person be incompetent as a witness or juror on account of religious belief or the
33 absence thereof. There shall be no union of Church and State, nor shall any church dominate
34 the State or interfere with its functions. No public money or property shall be appropriated for
35 or applied to any religious worship, exercise or instruction, or for the support of any
36 ecclesiastical establishment. No religious organization, association, or society, and no
37 individual acting in a role connected with a religious organization, association, or society, may
38 be required or compelled to solemnize, officiate in, or recognize a marriage or religious rite of
39 marriage in violation of their right of conscience or their free exercise of religion.
40 Section 2. Submittal to voters.
41 The lieutenant governor is directed to submit this proposed amendment to the voters of
42 the state at the next regular general election in the manner provided by law.
43 Section 3. Contingent effective date.
44 If the amendment proposed by this joint resolution is approved by a majority of those
45 voting on it at the next regular general election, the amendment shall take effect on January 1,
Legislative Review Note
as of 9-17-13 3:57 PM