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Texas Marriage and Religious Rights Ensured Act (HB 3602)

This law was last updated on Dec 6, 2016


State

Texas

Number

HB 3602

Status

Failed to Pass

Proposed

Mar 12, 2015

Topics

Anti-Transgender, Conscience and Refusal Clauses, LGBTQ, Religious Freedom

Full Bill Text

www.legis.state.tx.us

HB 3602 would permit a “conscientious objector” to freely act or refuse to act in accordance with a sincerely held religious belief without the threat of a person or government agency taking any adverse action against them.

The bill defines “conscientious objector” to mean a person with a sincerely held religious belief that:

  • marriage is or should be recognized as only the union of one man and one woman;
  • sexual relations should be exclusively reserved to the marriage of only one man and one woman; or
  • gender or gender identity is or should be determined by the predominant chromosomal sex.

This law would not apply to an action by a government agency that burdens a conscientious objector’s right to act or fail to act if the government agency action is in furtherance of a compelling governmental interest and is the least restrictive means of furthering that interest; or actions taken solely for purposes of harassment.


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