Florida Pastor Protection Act (SB 110)
This law was last updated on Jul 25, 2016
SB 110 would provide 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;
- An organization connected to a church or religious organization;
- 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.
Companion to HB 43, which was signed into law and went into effect on July 1, 2016.