Michigan Pastor Protection Act (HB 4855)
This law was last updated on Mar 9, 2017
HB 4855 would prohibit ministers, clerics, or religious practitioners from being required to solemnize or recognize a marriage that violates his or her conscience or religious beliefs.
The bill defines “recognize” to mean providing religious-based services that are both of the following:
- “Delivered by a religious organization or by a individual who is managed, supervised, or directed by a religious organization.
- Designed for a married couple or a couple engaged to marry and directly related to solemnizing, celebrating, strengthening, or promoting a marriage, such as religious counseling programs, courses, retreats, workshops, and services provided at a wedding chapel.”
The First Amendment already covers the right of religious organizations to refuse to perform marriages that conflict with their religious beliefs.
Similar to HB 4858.