Bill allows churches to refuse to marry gays
February 1, 2010
A new bill is being introduced in Sacramento, protecting clergy and churches from legal consequences for refusing to perform same-sex marriages. [San Francisco Chronicle]
Same-sex marriage is currently illegal in California, though that law is currently being challenged in court and could also be subject to a voter initiative. Supporters of gay marriage say they’re trying to alleviate concerns of opponents who have religious concerns.
The proposal, which has the backing of the California Council of Churches, states that no clergy member would be required to perform a marriage that conflicts with his or her faith. Other religious organizations, including the California Southern Baptist Convention, have also endorsed the legislation, introduced by Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco).