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Texas Marriage and Religious Rights Ensured Act (HB 3602)

This law was last updated on Dec 6, 2016




HB 3602


Failed to Pass


Mar 12, 2015


Primary Sponsors: 2
Co-sponsors: 26
Total Sponsors: 28


Anti-Transgender, Conscience and Refusal Clauses, LGBTQ, Religious Freedom

Full Bill Text

HB 3602 would permit a “conscientious objector” to freely act or refuse to act in accordance with a sincerely held religious belief without the threat of a person or government agency taking any adverse action against them.

The bill defines “conscientious objector” to mean a person with a sincerely held religious belief that:

  • marriage is or should be recognized as only the union of one man and one woman;
  • sexual relations should be exclusively reserved to the marriage of only one man and one woman; or
  • gender or gender identity is or should be determined by the predominant chromosomal sex.

This law would not apply to an action by a government agency that burdens a conscientious objector’s right to act or fail to act if the government agency action is in furtherance of a compelling governmental interest and is the least restrictive means of furthering that interest; or actions taken solely for purposes of harassment.