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Gov. Brown signs bill to protect religious freedom in marriage solemnization

Gov. Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed Senate Bill 1140 (Religious Freedom in Marriage Solemnization), authored by Sen. Mark Leno and co-sponsored by Equality California and California Council of Churches IMPACT. The new law, which will go into effect Jan. 1, 2013, reaffirms the freedom of clergy to make faith-based decisions regarding which marriages they solemnize and clarifies that those decisions have no bearing on tax-exempt status.

“Some opponents of the freedom to marry have made misleading claims that religious freedom may somehow be infringed upon should same-sex couples be able to legally wed in California,” said Clarissa Fligioun, Equality California board president. “We are glad that Gov. Brown has signed this legislation to lay those claims to rest by codifying religious protections that are already guaranteed by the Constitution.”

The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and the California Constitution protect the freedom of religion, including the right of clergy not to solemnize marriages that may conflict with their faith. SB 1140 explicitly codifies these constitutional amendments to remove any ambiguity that may be asserted as a reason to oppose marriage equality for all Californians.


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1 Comment for “Gov. Brown signs bill to protect religious freedom in marriage solemnization”

  1. Edward Shuherk, MD

    Thank you Gov Brown. We are blessed to have the right to marry (same-sex ) here in Iowa. As a proud and out family physician working in a small town, I am always thrilled when I see Governors who are enlightened enough to do the right thing. Thanks again. Ed

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