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Colorado Freedom of Conscience Protection Act (HB 1013)

This law was last updated on Mar 31, 2017

This law is Anti–LGBTQ




HB 1013


Failed to Pass


Jan 11, 2017


Primary Sponsors: 4
Total Sponsors: 4


Conscience and Refusal Clauses, LGBTQ, Religious Freedom, RFRA

Full Bill Text

HB 1013 would prohibit the state from burdening a person’s exercise of religion even if the burden results from a rule of general applicability unless the government demonstrates that application of the burden to the person is essential to further a compelling governmental interest, and is the least restrictive means of furthering that compelling governmental interest.

The bill specifies that exercise of religion includes the ability to act or refuse to act in a manner substantially motivated by a person’s sincerely held religious beliefs, whether or not the exercise is compulsory or central to a larger system of religious belief.

The amendment states that a person whose religious freedom has been burdened in violation of the amendment may assert that violation as a claim or defense in a judicial, administrative, or other proceeding and obtain appropriate relief against a government, regardless of whether any government entity is a party to the proceeding.

The amendment does allow religious freedom to be raised as a defense in lawsuits between private citizens and therefore differs from the federal RFRA which permits lawsuits only against government entities.

Related Legislation

Similar to HB 1180 and HB 1171, both of which failed to pass in 2016 and 2015, respectively.