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Kentucky Bill Regarding Marriage Solemnization and Licensing (HB 31)

This law was last updated on Jul 25, 2016




HB 31


Failed to Pass


Jan 5, 2016


Co-sponsors: 12
Primary Sponsors: 1
Total Sponsors: 13


Anti-Transgender, LGBTQ, Religious Freedom

Full Bill Text

HB 31 would would exempt government officials and employees from solemnizing marriages of “persons of the same-sex as biologically identified and recorded at birth.”

The bill provides that 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 as biologically identified and recorded at birth 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.

The bill would also transfer the duties related to marriage (currently held by clerks) to the registrar of vital statistics.


Similar to HB 14, HB 17, and HB 28.