Equality California
Protecting Religious Freedom in Marriage | SB 1140 | 2012

Protecting Religious Freedom in Marriage

Bill Number: SB 1140

UPDATE: SB 1140 was signed by Governor Jerry Brown on September 30, 2012. 

As we continue our efforts to achieve full equality, we must remove every possible barrier to securing the freedom to marry, including the false claim made by anti-equality advocates in California and elsewhere that allowing loving same-sex couples to marry will force clergy or places of worship to compromise their religious beliefs. As we anticipate the restoration of the freedom to marry in our state, SB 1140 (Leno) reaffirms the principles of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution with respect to the freedom of clergy to make faith-based decisions regarding which marriages they solemnize.

Author: Senator Mark Leno

Co-sponsor: California Council on Churches IMPACT

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