SALT LAKE CITY – Gov. Gary Herbert signed 36 bills into law Friday. Among them was Senate Bill 297, which allows some government officials to opt out of performing same-sex marriages.
Titled “Protections for Religious Expression and Beliefs about Marriage, Family, or Sexuality,” the bill allows county clerks to opt out of performing same-sex marriages on religious grounds but also mandates someone be available through the county clerk’s office to perform those marriages.
SB 297 also prohibits government retaliation against individuals, such as clergy members, who do not wish to perform same-sex marriages or provide accommodations for such.
The bill “strikes a proper balance,” Rep. Jacob Anderegg, R-Lehi, said prior to the bill’s passing in the Utah House March 18.
The bill was sponsored by Sen. Stuart Adams, R-Layton, and Rep. LeVar Christensen, R-Draper.
The bill passed immediately in the House following passage of Senate Bill 296, which extends employment and housing protections to members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. It is also protects freedoms of religious expression in the workplace for employees who may have religious views in opposition to the LGBT lifestyle.
Herbert signed SB 296 into law in a signing ceremony at the state capitol March 12.
The bill was sponsored by Sens. Adams and Steve Urquhart, R-St. George, as well as Rep. Drad Dee, R-Ogden.
Both bills were endorsed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
In addition to SB 297, the governor signed a total of 46 bills during the 2015 legislative session. Those bills are listed below:
- HB 20 Jury Duty Amendments Sign, Rep. Hall
- HB 136 Campaign Disclosures for Judicial Retention Elections, Rep. King
- SB 113 Sex Offender Testing Amendments, Sen. Millner
- HCR 01 Concurrent Resolution Designating Start by Believing Day, Rep. Romero
- HB 17S01 Motor Vehicle Emissions, Rep. Perry
- SB 159 Background Checks for State Accountants, Sen. Henderson
- HB 98S01 Association Amendments, Rep. Froerer
- HB 105S01 Antidiscrimination Modifications, Rep. Miller
- HB 57 Benefit Corporations Amendments, Rep. Stratton
- HB 218 Nurse Practice Act Amendments, Rep. DiCaro
- SB 297S02 Protections for Religious Expression and Beliefs about Marriage, Family, or Sexuality, Sen. Adams
- SB 56 Wildland Fire Policy, Sen. Vickers
- SB 86 Registration Fees for Emergency Medical Aircraft, Sen. Bramble
- SCR 008 Concurrent Resolution Regarding Transportation for Persons with Disabilities, Sen. Mayne
- SB 112 Public Reporting Requirements, Sen. Harper
- SB 144 Modifications to Income Tax, Sen. Henderson
- SB 154 Coal Ash Regulation Amendments, Sen. Okerlund
- SB 19 Digital Health Services Commission, Sen. Shiozawa
- SB 32S01 Amendments to Limitations and Reporting, for Food and Awards, Sen. Mayne
- SB 80S01 Homeowners’ Association Reserve Fund, Sen. Urquhart
- SB 89S01 Aquatic Invasive Species Fee, Sen. Jenkins
- SB 140 Health Care Providers Immunity from Liability Act Reauthorization, Sen. Vickers
- SB 188 Oil, Gas, and Mining Amendments, Sen. Van Tassell
- SB 191 Uniform Interstate Family Support Act Amendments, Sen. Hillyard
- HCR 04 Concurrent Resolution Recognizing the 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions, Rep. Hollins
- HB 035 Parent-time Schedule Amendments, Rep. Snow
- HB 051 Voter Eligibility Amendments, Rep. Webb
- HB 121 Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, Rep. Ward
- HB 125 Fishing License Amendments , Rep. Cutler
- HB 149S01 Utah Research Institute for Mine Safety and Productivity, Rep. Wheatley
- HB 018S02 Children’s Hearing Aid Program Amendments, Rep. Edwards
- HB 194 Occupational Therapy License Amendments, Rep. Moss
- HCR 02 Concurrent Resolution Designating Religious Freedom Day, Rep. King
- HCR 07 Concurrent Resolution Urging Development of Methods to Minimize Excessive Testing and its Negative Impacts on the School Children of Utah, Rep. Poulson
- HB 091S04 Campaign Contributions Amendments, Rep. Powell
- HB 03 Current Fiscal Year Supplemental Appropriations, Rep. Sanpei
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