Governor Greg Abbott, R-TX signed into law Tuesday the Pastor Protection Act, which secures religious freedom for clergy, according to KFOR News.
This act allows clergy in Texas to decline conducting any marriage ceremony that violates their religious beliefs, according to the Conservative Post.
Abbott’s June 26 memo stated that the people who founded the United States believed in worshipping God according to the dictates of their own conscience and to be free from pressure and persuasion from the government, according to the Christian Examiner.
“As leaders of this State, we have an obligation to secure the right of all Texans to live their lives according to principles of their religious faith,” according to the memo.
Tennessee lawmakers are proposing this same act to their court, according to WMC Action News 5.
“Lawmakers are considering holding a special session to discuss this Act and other bills related to same sex marriage,” according to WMC Action News 5.
This law is not necessary for clergy because their decision to not perform same sex marriages is already supported under the First Amendment rights, according to WMC Action News 5.
The Pastor Protection Act simply gives more clarity and support to the clergy’s standing, according to WMC Action News 5.