"Some in the gay and lesbian community were concerned with the introduction of SB297. The measure required the office of every county clerk to be available to solemnize same-sex unions, but it permited individual county clerks to abstain from officiating at a ceremony to which they object.
But it also includes important protections for religious freedom. Namely, government entities are forbidden from requiring religious officials to ecclesiastically recognize same-sex marriages, or to lend their facilities to same-sex marriages, or to alter their marriage or counseling programs, or to revoke any business or professional license because of "that licensee's belief or the licensee's lawful expression of those beliefs" against same-sex marriage.
There was some back-and-forth last week as particular legislative language within SB297 was modified to address whether any given public official who conducted man-woman marriages would be required to conduct them for same-sex couples, too. Now, though, it is clear that they are not required to do so."
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