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Texas Bill Regarding the Protection of Religious Beliefs and Moral Convictions (SB 1978)

This law was last updated on Mar 10, 2019

This law is Anti–LGBTQ




SB 1978




Mar 7, 2019


Conscience and Refusal Clauses, LGBTQ, Religious Freedom

Full Bill Text

SB 1978 would prohibit a governmental entity from taking any adverse action against any person based wholly or partly on a person’s belief or action in accordance with the person’s sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction, including beliefs or convictions regarding marriage.

The bill would allow a person to assert an actual or threatened violation as a claim or defense in a judicial or administrative proceeding against the government and obtain:

  • compensatory damages;
  • injunctive relief;
  • declaratory relief; and
  • any other appropriate relief.

The bill would allow the attorney general to bring an action for injunctive or declaratory relief against a governmental entity or an officer or employee of a governmental entity to enforce compliance.

If passed, the bill would allow private businesses to legally refuse services to LGBTQ people based on the owner’s religious belief.

Related Legislation

Companion bill to HB 3172.

Similar to HB 4497 and HB 4512.

Similar to HB 1923/SB 893, which failed to pass in 2017.

Latest Action

3/7/19 – Introduced.


Primary Sponsor