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Washington State Protection of the Free Exercise of Religious Beliefs and Rights of Conscience Regarding Marriage As the Union of One Man and One Woman Act (HB 2631)

This law was last updated on Oct 12, 2016




HB 2631


Failed to Pass


Jan 18, 2016


Co-sponsors: 2
Primary Sponsors: 1
Total Sponsors: 3


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

Full Bill Text

HB 2631 would create government protections for individuals or entities that refuse to provide services or goods related to the solemnization or celebration of marriage if such marriage is contrary to the individual’s or entity owner’s sincerely held religious belief, philosophical tenet, matter of conscience, or practice regarding the institution of marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

The bill would prohibit the state from taking any discriminatory action against a person or entity, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, on the basis that such person or entity believes or acts in accordance with a religious belief or moral conviction regarding the institution of marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

The bill defines “man” and “woman” to mean male or female as determined genetically or biologically.

The bill specifies what a discriminatory or adverse action means when taken by the state against such a person or entity.

The bill provides that a person or entity may assert an actual or threatened violation of the bill as a cause of action in any judicial or administrative proceeding and obtain compensatory damages, injunctive relief, declaratory relief, or any other appropriate relief.


Primary Sponsor