Kentucky Bill Regarding Marriage Solemnization and Licensing (HB 17)
This law was last updated on Jul 25, 2016
HB 17 would would exempt government officials and employees from licensing and solemnizing marriages of same-sex couples.
The bill would protect an individual from civil or criminal action if they refuse to solemnize a marriage between persons of the same sex.
The bill provides that issuing or recording a marriage license, or solemnizing a marriage, to which a person holds a sincere religious objection or which is contrary to that person’s faith tradition due to the marriage being between persons of the same sex would be considered a substantial burden for which there is no compelling government interest, and that person would additionally be immune from any civil or criminal liability for declining to solemnize such a marriage.
Similar to HB 14, HB 28, and HB 31.