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Sponsors: Reps. Hamilton, V.S. Moss, Atwater, Yow, Gambrell and Gagnon
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Companion/Similar bill(s): 4508
Introduced in the House on January 12, 2016
Currently residing in the House Committee on Judiciary
Summary: South Carolina Pastor Protection Act
HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS
Date Body Action Description with journal page number ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 12/3/2015 House Prefiled 12/3/2015 House Referred to Committee on Judiciary 1/12/2016 House Introduced and read first time (House Journal-page 67) 1/12/2016 House Referred to Committee on Judiciary (House Journal-page 67) 1/13/2016 House Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Yow 2/2/2016 House Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Gambrell, Gagnon
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VERSIONS OF THIS BILL
TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 20-1-25 SO AS TO ENACT THE "SOUTH CAROLINA PASTOR PROTECTION ACT"; TO PROVIDE THAT A RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATION, AN ORGANIZATION SUPERVISED BY A RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATION, AN INDIVIDUAL EMPLOYED BY A RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATION OR A MINISTER OR OTHER MEMBER OF THE CLERGY MAY NOT BE REQUIRED TO PERFORM A MARRIAGE CEREMONY IF IT WOULD CAUSE THE ORGANIZATION OR INDIVIDUAL TO VIOLATE A SINCERELY HELD RELIGIOUS BELIEF; AND TO ESTABLISH THAT A REFUSAL TO PERFORM A MARRIAGE CEREMONY IS NOT A BASIS FOR A CAUSE OF ACTION BY THE STATE OR POLITICAL SUBDIVISION AGAINST THE INDIVIDUAL OR ORGANIZATION.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. This act must be cited as the 'South Carolina Pastor Protection Act'.
SECTION 2. Article 1, Chapter 1, Title 20 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 20-1-25. (A) A religious organization, an organization supervised or controlled by, or established in connection with, a religious organization, an individual employed by a religious organization acting within the scope of employment, or a minister or other member of the clergy may not be required to administer a marriage ceremony or provide services, accommodations, facilities, goods, or privileges for a purpose related to a marriage ceremony if the action would cause the organization or individual to violate a sincerely held religious belief.
(B) A person who refuses to provide services, accommodations, facilities, goods, or privileges pursuant to this section is not liable in a civil or criminal cause of action. Any other action by this State or a political subdivision of this State to penalize or withhold benefits or privileges from a protected organization or individual, including tax exemptions or governmental contracts, grants, or licenses is prohibited."
SECTION 3. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
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