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Florida Pastor Protection Act (HB 43)

This law was last updated on Jul 31, 2018




HB 43




Aug 10, 2015


Co-sponsors: 25
Primary Sponsors: 2
Total Sponsors: 27


LGBTQ, Religious Freedom

Full Bill Text

HB 43 provides that certain individuals and entities may not be required to solemnize a marriage or provide marriage-related goods, services, or accommodations if doing so would violate their sincerely held religious beliefs.

The protected individuals and entities include:

  • A church;
  • A religious organization;
  • A religious corporation or association;
  • A religious fraternal benefit society;
  • A religious school or educational institution;
  • An integrated auxiliary of a church;
  • An individual employed by a church or religious organization while acting in the scope of that employment;
  • A clergy member; or
  • A minister.

A refusal by any listed individual or entity to solemnize a marriage or provide marriage-related services, goods, or accommodations may not serve as the basis for a civil cause of action. Additionally, the refusal may not serve as the basis for the state or its political subdivisions to impose penalties or withhold any benefits or privileges, including tax exemptions or governmental contracts, grants, or licenses.


Signed by Governor. Law went into effect on July 1, 2016.

Companion to SB 110, which was tabled.