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Kentucky Bill Regarding Marriage Solemnization and Licensing (HB 17)

This law was last updated on Jul 25, 2016




HB 17


Failed to Pass


Jan 5, 2016


Co-sponsors: 16
Primary Sponsors: 1
Total Sponsors: 17


LGBTQ, Religious Freedom

Full Bill Text

HB 17 would would exempt government officials and employees from licensing and solemnizing marriages of same-sex couples.

The bill would protect an individual from civil or criminal action if they refuse to solemnize a marriage between persons of the same sex.

The bill provides that issuing or recording a marriage license, or solemnizing a marriage, to which a person holds a sincere religious objection or which is contrary to that person’s faith tradition due to the marriage being between persons of the same sex would be considered a substantial burden for which there is no compelling government interest, and that person would additionally be immune from any civil or criminal liability for declining to solemnize such a marriage.


Similar to HB 14, HB 28, and HB 31.