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Texas Bill Relating to the Right of Recusal from the Performance of Certain Marriage Ceremonies (HB 2109)

This law was last updated on Sep 19, 2019

This law is Anti–LGBTQ




HB 2109


Failed to Pass


Feb 20, 2019


Co-sponsors: 9
Primary Sponsors: 2
Total Sponsors: 11


Conscience and Refusal Clauses, LGBTQ, Religious Freedom

Full Bill Text

HB 2109 would prohibit any person authorized to conduct a marriage ceremony—including clergy members and judges—from being required to perform the ceremony if doing so would violate their sincerely held belief or conscience.

The First Amendment already covers the right of religious organizations to refuse to perform marriages that conflict with their religious beliefs. This bill would take it a step further and allow judges to refuse to perform marriage ceremonies.

Related Legislation

Nearly identical to SB 1009.

Latest Action

2/20/19 – Introduced.