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Texas Doesn't Want Religious Leaders Forced Into Officiating Gay Marriages

The Texas Legislature recently received initial approval in the Texas Senate for a bill that would protect clergy from having to officiate any marriage ceremony or service that goes against their religious beliefs.

State Sen. Craig Estes who sponsored the bill said, "We want to make sure they are not ever coerced into performing a marriage ceremony that would violate their sincerely held religious beliefs." Estes also argued that the Texas Constitution does not have any language referring to same-sex marriage, so he wanted to include that language. Another bill, sponsored by Cecil Bell, would prevent Texas officials from issuing or recognizing any same-sex marriage licenses. Bell's bill wants to leave the realm of marriage up to the states. It's sort of an offense mechanism in the event the U.S. Supreme Court makes same-sex marriage a constitutional right. In addition, the Texas Association of Business is against the Texas Religious Restoration Act. Bill Hammond, CEO of the Texas Association of Business said, "We've got the Final Four and the Super Bowl coming to Texas." Hammond believes the state would lose those events if the Legislature passed the Texas Religious Restoration Act.

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