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Texas Marriage License Bill (HB 2795)

This law was last updated on Dec 7, 2017

This law is Anti–LGBTQ




HB 2795


Failed to Pass


Mar 30, 2017


Co-sponsors: 18
Primary Sponsors: 1
Total Sponsors: 19


Conscience and Refusal Clauses, Religious Freedom

Full Bill Text

HB 2795 would allow county clerks and deputy county clerks to discriminate against same-sex couples by refusing to issue marriage licenses on the basis of a sincerely held religious belief.

This provision would only apply to a county clerk or deputy county clerk that has notified the commissioners court of a sincerely held religious belief.

If a county clerk and deputy clerk have both given notice and are unwilling to certify an application, administer an oath, or issue a license, the county clerk would need to provide the applicants with notice of any county clerk or deputy county clerk in an adjacent county or, if applicable, in the nearest county, who may be willing to perform such duties.

The bill would amend Section 2.202 of the Family Code to permit a person authorized to conduct a marriage ceremony to decline to conduct such ceremony and not be subject to any administrative or civil penalties.

Related Legislation

Similar to HB 1813/SB 522.