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Oklahoma Religious Freedom Constitutional Amendment Proposal (HJR 1023)

This law was last updated on Sep 11, 2018

This law is Anti–LGBTQ




HJR 1023


Failed to Pass


Feb 6, 2017


Primary Sponsors: 1
Total Sponsors: 1


Conscience and Refusal Clauses, LGBTQ, Religious Freedom

Full Bill Text

HJR 1023 would direct the Secretary of State to refer to the people for their approval or rejection a proposed amendment to the Constitution of the State of Oklahoma allowing any religious organization, private business or individual to refuse certain acts that violate a sincerely held religious belief.

The amendment would prohibit the state from requiring any religious organization, private business, or individual to:

[…]solemnize or recognize any marriage or the natural consequences thereof or provide services, accommodations, facilities, goods or privileges for a purpose related to the solemnization, recognition, formation or celebration of any marriage or the natural consequences thereof if the action would cause the organization or individual to violate a sincerely held religious belief.

Such a refusal would not be the basis for any civil or criminal cause of action.

Additionally, the amendment would permit a private child-placing agency to refuse to participate in any child placement that would violate the written religious or moral convictions or policies of the agency.


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