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Illinois Religious Freedom Defense Act (SB 64)

This law was last updated on Mar 31, 2017

This law is Anti–LGBTQ




SB 64




Jan 11, 2017


Co-sponsors: 3
Primary Sponsors: 1
Total Sponsors: 4


LGBTQ, Religious Freedom

Full Bill Text

SB 64 would prohibit discriminatory action from the state against a person who believes or acts in accordance with a sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction that marriage is or should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman or that sexual relations are properly reserved to such marriage.

The bill defines “discriminatory action” to mean any action to:

  • Alter in any way state tax treatment of an exemption from taxation under state law;
  • Disallow a deduction for state tax purposes of any charitable contribution made to or by a person;
  • Withhold, reduce, exclude, terminate, or otherwise deny any government grant, contract, subcontract, cooperative agreement, loan, license, certification, accreditation, employment, or other similar position or status from or to any person;
  • Withhold, reduce, exclude, terminate, or otherwise deny any benefit from a state benefit program from or to any person; or
  • Otherwise discriminate against any person.

The bill allows a person to assert a violation of this provision as a claim or defense in a judicial, agency, or other proceeding and obtain compensatory damages, injunctive relief, declaratory relief, or any other appropriate relief against a government.

The language of this bill would allow any person or entity a license to discriminate against not only same-sex couples and their children, but also anyone who has had sex outside of marriage.

Related Legislation

Similar to SB 2164, which failed to pass in 2016.


Primary Sponsor